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Yanny or Laurel Is Tearing the Internet Apart

Yanny or Laurel Is Tearing the Internet Apart

Our world can be divided into two time periods: B.D. and A.D.—before “the dress” and after “the dress.” That is, until Tuesday, when the new debate of the decade became “yanny” vs. “laurel.” The audio clip in question is sparking major feuds on the Internet between those who hear a higher-pitched “yanny” and those who hear a lower-toned “laurel” phrase. Reddit user RolandCamry started the meltdown when they shared the clip to social media, causing the audio file to go viral and engage major controversy on Twitter. Be prepared for a battle the world hasn’t seen since Avengers: Infinity War.

“It’s disgusting than anyone hears yanny,” one Twitter user wrote. “I ain’t never heard a more clear ‘Laurel’ in my life,” another said. And one person summed it all up, writing, “I mean HOW are we communicating on a day to day basis if half you are hearing ‘yanny’?”

Though the debates are still raging online, there’s actually a pretty simple explanation about what’s happening with this audio file. According to a Reddit user who responded to the original post, the phenomenon is actually called “Equal Loudness Contour” and has to do with the volume and frequency of the noise. If the volume is turned down low, there’s a higher chance one might hear “yanny” because the bass is not as prominent. When the bass is turned up, the lower-pitched “Laurel” becomes more prominent. Turns out, there might just be a recording of both words playing at the same time. Reddit user juuular continues to explain, “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.”

And now you know! Pick your team wisely and read some hilarious reactions, below.

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