Yanny or Laurel? Two tribes at war over internet clip audio illusion

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You can stop arguing.

Youtube personality Cloe Feldman posted a clip on Twitter Tuesday, asking people whether they heard a robotic voice say the word "Yanny" or "Laurel".

Either way, it's pretty insane that the person sitting beside you might be hearing something completely different than you hear! But first, the backstory for those who have no idea what we're talking about.

Roland Szabo, 18, said he recorded the seemingly innocuous audio from a vocabulary website while doing a project for his school in the USA state of Georgia.

Story also said that, if you change the pitch of the original recording, you can hear both words. But the friend heard yanny, according to TMZ.com.

The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. It's like The Dress debate of 2016-is it black and blue or gold and white? Do you hear the word "Laurel" or "Yanny?". Some are convinced people on the other side are just trolling them.

Nobody can agree if this robot says 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' and everyone is arguing about it
It's Happening Again... What Do You Hear? Laurel Or Yanny?

"If I cut your ears off and put someone else's on your head, sounds would sound different", University of Chicago psychologist Howard Nusbaum, who studies speech science told Gizmodo.

Dr. Shelley Heath with Bluegrass Hearing in Mount Sterling says she is 100% "Team Laurel" but says there's a pretty simple explanation. "The perception of 'Laurel" is experienced when the lower frequency information is dominant in the experience". Likewise, hearing the clip on speakers or headphones with rich bass might skew the sound toward laurel.

"It's certainly been the talk of the audiology community for the past 24 hours or so", Bondurant said. When I showed him the two words, he definitely sided with Yanny.

If you have a higher fidelity system, you are more likely to hear Laurel because it cleans out the distortion. A triumph of grizzled experience over callow youth?

"Most likely the original recording was 'Laurel, '" he said.

Marino said her own experience, like that of the 7-year-old, defied the supposed trend - but in the opposite direction. The older you get, the larger the chance you lose hearing in your higher frequencies. Perhaps Dawkins really heard "laurel" in the recording.

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