The great Laurel or Yanny Debate

Credit Torsten Dettlaff

A odd audio clip has been igniting vigorous debate on the Internet - is the voice on the recording saying, "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

While the internet is split on the decision, Marshmello hears "Yanny" and Chrissy Tiegan hears "Laurel".

So what exactly is going on?

Intrigued, Szabo sent it to a friend who posted the clip on Instagram and created a poll that quickly went viral, triggering a mass debate that has spread internationally. To his ear, this was definitely a recording of the word "laurel".

The audio clip was initially posted to reddit, but has now been shared across social media.

And, like back then, there's a simple explanation for why people perceive one thing so differently - and science can explain it. "That could have to do with your hearing or it could also have to do with what you're listening to it on".

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

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But why are some people hearing "Yanny" while others hear "Laurel?". "When somebody hears the "L" in Laurel, they hear something different".

I don't think it was deliberately manipulated for this effect, however.

A straw poll carried out among staff in AFP's Washington bureau counted 17 for Yanny, and 14 for Laurel.

The higher frequency is the Yanny and the lower frequency is the Laurel.

Audiologist and owner of Hearing Solutions of Louisiana, Dr.

"There are two different sounds on top of each other, and it was really dependent on what you heard".

While there's not a clear answer of what the word is in the recording, it all depends how you look at - or hear it. "I switched to my laptop and suddenly, all I could hear was a deep male voice saying, 'laurel'".

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