Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
IT | By Laverne Higgins

What do you hear? Viral audio clip stirs online debate

What do you hear? Viral audio clip stirs online debate

The latest Internet debate is an audio clip that has everyone scratching their heads in disbelief. In the video below, is the robot saying "Yanny" or "Laurel?"

University of Arizona professor Brad Story shows that the original audio is most likely saying "Laurel".

Hey, could you do me a favor?

Let's just get to the point.

The four-second clip has been played almost 5.5 million times, shared by 24,000 people, saved to 54,000 accounts and has users completely divided. It gained a new life Tuesday though with thousands across the country looking at each other, like 'no way, how can you hear that?'

We made a decision to poll our Twitter audience to figure out what it hears. "It clear as day says laurel".

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The voice saying "Laurel" is at a lower, bass-heavy frequency.

What in the world?!

It reminds us of that time in 2015 when the internet couldn't decide if a dress was black-and-blue or white-and-gold.

So what's going on here? I hear Laurel. How is it possible that people can hear one word or the other?

The visual prompt asking "Laurel or Yanny" would also prompt the listener to hear the word in a certain way.

While there's probably a reasonable explanation for this to do with frequencies, most Reddit users chalked it up to "black magic".

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