Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Some hear 'Yanny,' others hear 'Laurel' in viral, divisive audio

Nobody can agree if this robot says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' and everyone is arguing about it Science doesn't quite know why you hear Yanny or Laurel
Beatrice Douglas | 16 May, 2018, 14:04

Social media users either hear "Yanny" or "Laurel".

Many celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen and Ellen DeGeneres, have chimed in and shared whether they hear Yanny or Laurel. Some people saw a gold and white striped dress in a now viral photo, while others saw the colors blue and black.

Both sides are looking at the other like, "are you messing with me?!" Some of my colleagues hear "Yanny", in a higher-pitched, slightly more nasal voice.

"I don't know how to explain it bro", said RolandCamry.

And for an actual explanation about why people are hearing two completely different things so clearly, go here.


If you turn down the volume, your speakers or headphones will then adjust by reducing the bass, potentially allowing you to hear "Yanny". Kind of like an optical illusion, but with audio.

Those who are older usually are unable to hear higher frequencies, and are more likely to hear "Laurel", while those who are younger are more inclined to hear "Yanny".

I, for instance, correctly hear "Laurel", spoken in a deep male voice with the diction of a seasoned radio announcer. As of about 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, about 60% of our poll respondents say it's "laurel". We tested this out, and we still only hear "laurel" on both mobile and desktop.

If the odd, robotic voice was saying names of Quebec births, it would nearly certainly be saying "Laurel".

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