What do you hear? Viral audio clip stirs online debate

Nobody can agree if this robot says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' and everyone is arguing about it

On Tuesday, social media influencer and vlogger Cloe Feldman posed the following question on Twitter and Instagram: "What do you hear?". The recording, which is in English, now seems to only say "laurel", and we we can't hear "yanny" anymore. We asked a few of our colleagues and interestingly, just like the Twitterverse, half of them heard Laurel and the rest Yanny.

I, for instance, correctly hear "Laurel", spoken in a deep male voice with the diction of a seasoned radio announcer.

Remember that stupid black-and-blue dress that divided an entire nation several years ago? Instead what we should be doing is dividing ourselves into a society defined by which word we can hear, an endless and pointless feud between the bloodthirsty Yannys and merciless Laurels, that will tear our world apart. The one when people couldn't determine if a certain dress that went viral was black and blue or white and gold?

If you want to know what is causing this incredible rift (and some actually hear both at the same time), some internet wizards have solved the mystery.

Even Houston Texans star JJ Watt joined in the debate tweeting, "Yanny vs. Laurel is starting some real fights".

But just about everyone is pointing to this Reddit post from Roland Camry as the original source of the Laurel-Yanny conundrum.

"Omg, that blows my mind how people can hear such diff things".

A new audio illusion has popped up and it's completely dividing the internet.

"So.it's actually a very poor quality recording and the brain gets influenced by what you read first, before you actually hear it". (In our small, unscientific Slack debate, the Yanny/Laurel divide didn't split cleanly through age ranges, however.) Or, it could be the speakers you're using to listen to the file, and which frequencies they're emphasizing.

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