The Latest Useless Internet Debate is if You Hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'

This is super hot on the intrawebs right now. It's been three years since we wondered the true colors of that foolish blue/gold dress. Then came the sneaker

While our eyes can certainly play tricks on us, our ears can too. The new great internet debate is if you hear "yanny" or "laurel?" in a simple and robotic sounding audio clip.

It's fielded close to 600 comments on one reddit post and getting a lot of attention on Twitter, too.


Before I get in to the science behind this, let me tell you that I heard "laurel" right away and could only hear "laurel." Nazzy heard "yanny" and only "yanny."

When the audio file is pitched down, I can hear "yanny."

Now the science behind this trickery. Those that only hear "laurel" could be experiencing hearing loss. Seriously. According to Lars Riecke  an assistant professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges.

He says, "if you remove all the low frequencies, you hear "yanny." If you remove the high frequencies, you hear "laurel." There's a lot more science to all of it, or maybe no science at all. The bottom line is we all hear things differently.

Kind of like when you ask your husband to do the dishes and he hears you ask him to get to another level of Candy Crush.

What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel? Perhaps a more burning question...what does Yanni hear?

Fun fact . . After writing this article and hearing the clip again, I now only hear "yanny." I'm going back to bed.
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