Forget the blue vs. gold dress smackdown, the latest viral sensation to get the internet yelling is “Yanny vs. Laurel,” with debate raging over the last few days. It started when social media user Cloe Feldman posted a computerized voice clip alongside the question,“What do you hear!?!” with two options: “Yanny” or “Laurel.”
Now, it looks like science has solved the mystery as to why different people hear different things when listening to the same sound clip. Popular Science asked sound experts to analyze the clip, seeking a definitive, scientific answer. And apparently, it’s something to do with the clip’s low-quality audio and a manipulation of the bass or treble. YouTuber science channel AsapSCIENCE, on the other hand, has offered several scientific theories as to why we hear either “Yanny” or “Laurel,” as well as showing how, by manipulating the audio, you can hear both words. Watch that video below.
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