Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

People can't tell if this audio clip says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'

People can't tell if this audio clip says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'

While some can rest on their "laurels", many have sparked a debate about how two people can hear different names.

If the unusual, robotic voice was saying names of Quebec births, it would nearly certainly be saying "Laurel". Be prepared for a battle the world hasn't seen since Avengers: Infinity War.

Sports writer Ted Berg wrote "there's no way anyone could hear that as Yanny", and "anyone who says they do is lying for shock value".

"I put it on Audition [a tracking tool] and when I pull out all the highs with an EQ, the "Laurel" is clear and that hiss behind it is gone".

Thank you for allowing me to ruin your day.

Though the debates are still raging online, there's actually a pretty simple explanation about what's happening with this audio file.

Most people trace the origins of the audio clip, which picked up a lot of steam on Twitter this afternoon, following a Reddit post from over the weekend by user RolandCamry.

Listen to the following recording and head to the WGN Facebook page and tell us what you hear. Maybe it has to do with some people perceiving high frequencies better than low ones? Turns out, there might just be a recording of both words playing at the same time.

We only hear "Yanny" and can't convince ourselves that it's remotely close to "Laurel."

On Tuesday, social media influencer and vlogger Cloe Feldman posed the following question on Twitter and Instagram: "What do you hear?" Do you know why?

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