Sure, we all remember the blue and black dress that shook the internet, but something else is making its rounds today. A video/sound clip of a robot saying ‘Laurel’ or ‘Yanny’ has been driving people mad.
Now, I assumed that it was nothing but people pretending to hear it the opposite way or swapping out the voice but I was wrong. After doing some research it seems that different people are actually able to hear the robot saying different things. That being said, I was also pretty excited that I could hear it both ways after a little hard thinking since I was never able to see the dress as gold and white.
This video started on Reddit but quickly made its way over to Facebook and Twitter, from there it has gone viral. Apparently, the word you hear has to do with the frequency. If you were to change the frequency you could basically make yourself hear either/or. Now, some people claim that if you turn the volume up and down you will be able to do this as well.
A Reddit user pointed out in the thread ‘BlackMagicFuckery‘ what might have been done to create this mysterious mess of a sound clip:
“If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny. Turn the volume up and play it on some speakers that have an actual bass response (aka not your phone) and you will hear Laurel. Obviously, this also depends on individual physiology and on what you “expect” to hear.”
“I’m assuming they combined the high frequencies of “Yanny” with the lower frequencies of “Laurel” (with some overlap), and the two words are phonetically similar enough for this to work. However, your brain can’t handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear.”
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Others have hypothesized the same and I think it sounds about right. Our hearing range and the speakers we use all should be taken into account when it comes to what we hear. I can hear both words but not together, merely back to back. What do you think about all of this? Do you hear Laurel or Yanny?
(Image Via: Reddit/RowlandCamry)