On Monday night, a fashion designer named Cloe Feldman tweeted out a video where a computer-generated voice says one word. And the word is either Yanny . . . or Laurel. And people are going crazy arguing over which is right!
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Seriously. Some people hear "Yanny" and some people hear "Laurel." Some even hear both . . . I heard "Yanny" when I listened to it through the speaker on my phone, but I heard "Laurel" when I listened with headphones.
And according to a poll on Buzzfeed, 50% of people said they heard Yanny . . . 36% heard Laurel . . . and 13% could hear both.
So what's going on? Apparently it all has to do with the audio frequencies.
Younger people are more likely to hear "yanny," because that's what's coming through in higher frequencies that they can still hear. You're also more likely to hear "yanny" in bad speakers, because they don't handle lower frequencies so well.
But with good headphones, you'll probably hear "laurel" . . . which is what the voice is ACTUALLY saying. I think. Maybe.