Yanny or Laurel? The audio clip which has the internet divided

Yanny or Laurel? The audio clip which has the internet divided

An audio clip of a creepy robot voice saying... er, something has the internet ablaze, as some people hear "Laurel" and some people hear "Yanny".

The latest furore kicked off on Twitter when the clip was shared by popular user Cloe Feldman on Tuesday night.

The two words mesh well enough to be combined into one recording. Some people think the word is "Yanny", while others hear "Laurel". Chrissy Teigen, who's pregnant with her second child, doesn't understand how anyone can hear "Yanny".

Basically, if you change the pitch, you should be able to hear both.

Another suggested that because the file itself was so noisy, it could be that people are filling in the sounds they don't hear clearly with what they expect to hear. "What's the science behind that?"

In the insufferable tradition of the 'blue or gold dress" debate, we now have the horrific rise of "Yanny" versus "Laurel'.

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The voice saying "Laurel" is at a lower, bass-heavy frequency.

"When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L", he said. Yanny is but a distant dream once you enter the elysian fields of Laurel. "I heard Yanny 10 times before I could hear Laurel".

Giving his verdict on the sudden popular audio clip, Alais said that for him and many others it's "100% Yanny" without any ambiguity.

The debate rings similar to that of "the dress" from the early months of 2015.

If you spent days of your life debating whether a certain viral dress was blue and black or white and blue in 2015, consider yourself warned that its spiritual successor is now circulating through the Internet.

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