“Laurel or Yanny?” A Debate That Has Divided the Internet
This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a “laurel”. Or a “yanny”. No one can decide. A widely shared audio clip has divided the internet into two warring tribes – those who hear “yanny” and those who hear “laurel”. It started on Monday, when Reddit user RolandCamry – the anonymous harbinger of internet meltdown – posted the clip online.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
After the dress debacle, this is another such instance that has garnered everyone’s attention and divided them at the same time. Model Christine Teigen who is quite the Twitter star also tweeted her opinion on the matter:
it’s so clearly laurel. I can’t even figure out how one would hear yanny.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
Stephen Fry – broadcaster, British national treasure also sided with those claiming the clip to be saying “Laurel”:
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 16, 2018
Toronto councillor Norm Kelly was on the “Yanny” side though:
— Norm Kelly (@norm) May 16, 2018
But then, one person proposed a reason for why it keeps happening:
Okay, you’re not crazy. If you can hear high freqs, you probably hear “yanny”, but you *might* hear “laurel”. If you can’t hear high freqs, you probably hear laurel. Here’s what it sounds like without high/low freqs. RT so we can avoid the whole dress situation. #yanny #laurel 🙄 pic.twitter.com/RN71WGyHwe
— Dylan Bennett (@MBoffin) May 16, 2018
As Lars Riecke, assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, explained, “If you remove all the low frequencies, you hear yanny. If you remove the high frequencies, you hear laurel. If your… ears emphasise both the higher and lower frequencies, you can toggle between the two sounds.”
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