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'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? The recording that's dividing the internet

'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? The recording that's dividing the internet

"I did not create Yanny vs. Laurel", she said.

"First of all, the clip is, according to Sanker "not prototypical" of either laurel or yanny". Wendy Williams, 53, even said that she heard "Yanny" owhile chatting about the viral trend on her daytime talk show on May 16. "I hear Laurel", she posted to Twitter.

Remember the "what colour is this dress?" optical illusion that had the Internet arguing past year? Why do we keep falling for this bullshit?!

Twitter user Dylan Bennett came in to save the day, explaining that the difference in what listeners hear depends on how their ears respond to high and low frequencies.

What's the truth behind Yanny and Laurel?

Legendary writer Stephen King just can't figure out what he is hearing. Soon everyone from regular Joes to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (Ellen thought it was Laurel, but Watt was Team Yanny).

Now, if you think this is some weird social media craze that only millennials with too much time on their hands are discussing, this debate is being shared by some big-name people.




One theory presented in the Guardian is that the illusion is an example of "perceptually ambiguous stimulus".

Some people hear "Yanny", some people hear "Laurel", let us know what you hear and your vote will be counted.

The Atlantic reported that the change in the recording's pitch could adjust what someone hears, with "Yanny" being heard in lower pitched recordings and "Laurel" in a higher pitch recording.

Believe it or not, as of this writing the world is divided over what they hear and it's even causing some people to halt their everyday lives to argue their point.

"Part of it involves the recording", Brad Story, a speech, language and hearing professor at the University of Arizona, said to CNN.

He added, "And in this case, there's a lot of ambiguity in the cues partly because it's a noisy clip with no context and no visual cues to help you out".

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