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‘Yanny Or Laurel; Which Do You Hear?’ Is Sending The Internet Into Meltdown

This cannot be happening again.

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The online world is being divided once more, this time by which name they can hear in an audio clip.

Behind the latest divide is one humble Twitter user who asked which name people could hear; Yanny or Laurel?

Personally, I can’t hear anything other than Yanny and anyone who hears otherwise is weird and wrong.

However there are actually people out there who somehow hear Laurel – and I don’t trust a single one of them. I’m looking at you Ellen DeGeneres.

Huge shoutout to team Yanny though…

The whole thing is sparking rather unpleasant flashbacks to that f***ing colour-changing dress that reduced everyone to a similar state of unease and anger.

That’s right, remember this? It was actually confirmed to be a royal blue colour by the company that sold it.

Just when you thought we had started to rebuild any kind of trust with our internet counterparts, it’s been shattered once more by a single question.

So why do we hear different things?

“Part of it involves the recording,” said Brad Story, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing at The University of Arizona, speaking to CNN.

“It’s not a very high quality. And that in itself allows there to be some ambiguity already.”

He said the way people were listening obviously played a part in what they heard too. However he explained further after running acoustic analysis.

“When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L,” he said. “The interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows almost the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel.”

“If you have a low quality of recording, it’s not surprising some people would confuse the second and third resonances flipped around, and hear Yanny instead of Laurel.”

“Most likely the original recording was ‘Laurel,'”

In other words, this basically means that Brad Story is completely and utterly wrong. About everything.

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