Yanny or Laurel? Viral audio clip divides the internet

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A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate. Some people think they hear the word "Laurel" while others are convinced it says "Yanny."

It's the most perplexing phenomenon since the great black-and-blue vs. gold-and-white dress debate of 2015.

"Yanny vs. Laurel" took the internet by storm after a Reddit user posted the short clip of a robot reading the word. She asked fellow Reddit users a simple question: What do you hear? The clip was posted just a few days ago, and now hundreds of thousands of people are engaged in a debate over what they hear.


As people took to social media to let the world know what they heard -- and argue with those who hear differently -- scientists were trying to figure out why this debate even exists. How can some people hear "Yanny" and others the completely different-sounding "Laurel"?

Several researchers agreed that the audio recording is just too ambiguous. Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified, CNET reports.

One Twitter user proved this by adjusting the bass levels of the original recording. As the bass is adjusted, the word seems to shift.


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