"Yanny or Laurel" explained, the sound that divided the internet

  • | Thursday | 17th May, 2018

"Yanny or Laurel" the auditory illusion becoming viral has divided the internet into two domains.

"Yanny or Laurel" is an auditory illusion that is becoming viral on the internet. In this brief audio recording, 56% of over 500,000 people said that they heard the word "Laurel", while 44% reported hearing a voice saying the name "Yanny".

Wondering what is the secret behind the sound that has divided the internet into two domains?

Well, the secret is frequency. The scientists suggested that "Yanny" can be heard in higher frequencies while "Laurel" can be heard in lower frequencies.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the clip was the most divisive subject on the internet since the gold/blue dress controversy in 2015.

Well, the answer to this, some say that the colour difference is due to colourblindness while some simply blamed the brightness intensity of their devices.

According to Wikipedia, the history behind the clip goes by “The audio clip originated from a 2007 recording of the word "Laurel" from Vocabulary.com. The spread of the audio clip as an illusion most likely originated from a student of Flowery Branch High School when she posted the illusion on Instagram on May 11, 2018. The illusion reached further popularity when the student`s friend posted it on Reddit the next day. It was picked up by YouTuber Cloe Feldman on her Twitter account. Notable individuals who responded to the auditory illusion included Ellen Degeneres, Stephen King, and Chrissy Teigen. Yanni and Laurel Halo, whose names are similar to those given in the auditory illusion, also responded.”

But what did you hear? Yanny or Laurel, don’t forget to share in the comments below.

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