Perception is subjective. You and I can both look at the exact thing at the exact same time and still perceive it differently. Remember the rage that was once widespread about the blue or gold dress?
Well, this time we have a different version of that same phenomena.
A short audio clip is making the rounds of the internet and netizens are going crazy deciding whether the word spoken in the clip is ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’.
— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) May 15, 2018
I hear Yanny. My friends and colleagues hear Laurel. So, Yanny or Laurel?
So many people are posting voting polls on their feed to know whether others are #TeamYanny or #TeamLaurel. It has sparked a heated debate similar to one we’ve witnessed before.
1. Thankfully, this voting doesn’t require a booth.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
2. My workplace too.
— Alex Stockwell (@alexrstockwell) May 15, 2018
3. But I’m not lying! It says Yanny!
The thing definitely says Laurel, there's no way anyone could hear that as Yanny, anyone who says they do is lying for shock value, the end, gfy
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) May 15, 2018
4. This one’s not going to change her mind.
It’s LAUREL. and the dress was white and gold. pic.twitter.com/ld0fBSwLhd
— Sarah Weinstein (@slwein) May 15, 2018
5. Exact representation of me right now.
Me trying to hear both “Laurel” and “Yanny” at the same time pic.twitter.com/SYYE1OuFhA
— Andy Goins (@andygoins19) May 15, 2018
6. What sorcery is that?
RIP Me – I hear both Yanny and Laurel now.
— Franky Ritz (@FrankyRitzz11) May 15, 2018
7. Yep, this is it.
guys help me out, does this dress say yanny or laurel pic.twitter.com/Tl2lfZKYBS
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) May 15, 2018
The Yanny or Laurel auditory illusion became instantly viral after a Reddit user posted the clip on the platform.
People began manipulating the pitch and analysing different explanations for why some people hear Yanny and other hear Laurel.
Secret police go door to door administering the Yanny/Laurel Test to potential age offenders, sniffing out those who have thwarted lastday with surgical precision. https://t.co/J5yqJt7BQ7 pic.twitter.com/5WvabZNoJf
— Adi Robertson (@thedextriarchy) May 15, 2018
This is by far the simplest and most plausible explanation I came across.
Both names look similar on a spectral display, but #Laurel is best heard on lower frequencies. #Yanny is being whispered, and at a higher freq. The low quality of the clip + varying speakers + similar resonance = hearing Yanny and/or Laurel. @voxdotcom pic.twitter.com/8xfEIay4vP
— Joshua Miller (@JoshuaDMiller) May 15, 2018
That makes sense now, doesn’t it?
So anyway, which team are you in? #TeamYanny (which is me) or #TeamLaurel (which lot of others are)?
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