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'Laurel' or 'Yanny'? Why We Hear and See Things Differently

'Laurel' or 'Yanny'? Why We Hear and See Things Differently

So congratulations, #TeamLaurel. LOLz, did you really think Chrissy Teigen was wrong??

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

A four-second audio clip of a computer-generated voice saying a word has divided the internet.

"I asked my friends in my class and we all heard mixed things", Hetzel told Wired. Although the words may sound completely different to you, the acoustics of the word are quite the same.

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While some people are clearly hearing one word, there are many people who say they eventually hear the other word after listening over and over again.

However, they report that age isn't the only reason that the audio may be heard differently by different people.

Some people went as far as adjusting audio levels to try to get to the bottom of it, with some pointing out it could have to do with whether you can hear high frequencies.

But failing those theories, he said it "could just be a big internet hoax". Depending on the language you speak or are used to hearing, the words can sound similar.

However, this doesn't explain why someone would hear the lower frequencies and some hear the higher frequencies in the first place. "It's definitely, definitely, definitely 'Yanny'".