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A Viral Audio Clip Is Driving The Entire Internet Mad - Here's The Secrets Behind It

By Jen

May 16, 2018 at 7:31pm


It's the blue/gold dress all over again. 

A short audio clip of a computer-generated voice has become the most divisive subject on the internet since that dress three years ago. 

The clip, which first appeared on Reddit, seems to be saying one word – but whether that word is “Yanny” or “Laurel” is hotly contested by, what seems like, everyone right now.

Once you've played this for everyone and their dog, probably starting World War III in the process, you might want to know why you're hearing 'Laurel' when everyone else is hearing 'Yanny' or vice versa.

We took to Twitter for the latest and most scientific theories. 

One user said that it depends on the pitch a person hears at and once you change the pitch, your brain will interpret it differently and the word will change.

Another user said it's all about adjusting the bass. 


A linguist weighed in and said that the spectogram or picture of the word is not typical of either 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' but somewhere in the middle.

However, she concluded that it's all about the pitch or level that the word is played. 

Even Ellen got in on the debate

And there's always one...

What do you hear? Let us know in the comments.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for your parents/children disowning you, your partner breaking up with you or your dog running away from you when you annoy them with this clip. 

That's all on you mate. 

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