Thursday, 22 November, 2018


Yanny or Laurel? Who cares when the reactions are this hilarious

The debate over whether an audio clip says View Slideshow The debate over whether an audio clip says"Yanny or"Laurel is tearing the Internet apart. Westend61 Getty Images Westend61
Hannah Rogers | 17 May, 2018, 02:46

In perhaps the most vexing element of the debate, the majority of listeners hear beyond doubt one of the two words, with few waffling between the two.

The internet is enraptured by the conflict, as users have chosen their side based on whether they are hearing "Yanny" or "Laurel" in a short audio clip.

The Tigers are just as divided over the question and can not come to an unanimous decision about what they are hearing.

Nina Kraus, a neurobiology professor at Northwestern University, says that "it is not at all surprising to me that two different people will take a sound that is admittedly acoustically ambiguous and hear it differently".

He played it for his peers, who disagreed over whether the syllables formed "Yanny" or "Laurel".

Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words
View Slideshow Story analyzed the acoustic features of the words"Yanny and"Laurel. Brad Story

"There's a little high frequency difference between the two so if you have maybe better hearing for high frequencies you would probably tend to hear Yanni where if you had high frequency loss, mild or moderate, you may hear Laurel" said Healy.

But he said it was also more hard to determine the word in this particular recording because it is "not real speech".

Nobody can tell if this recording says "Yanny" or "Laurel". Amid the background noise, you're able to focus on what your dining partner is saying. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people heard. If you hear Laurel, you're more likely hearing lower frequencies.

Next, listen to this clip, which is no longer noisy.

Intrigued, Szabo sent it to a friend who posted the clip on Instagram and created a poll that quickly went viral, triggering a mass debate that has spread internationally.

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