"Laurel" -- Do You Hear It Too?? Or "Yanny"???

posted by Mary Booth -

I'm still not buying the explanation for "What Color Is The Dress?"... and now we have the audio version!

Click on this clip below.  Do you hear "Laurel" or "Yanny"?

Got into it with Johnna in the office this morning.  She can't imagine how I could hear "Laurel" in that clip. 

Apparently, it's because I'm older... or have better speakers.  (Wow, that just sounded like Kathy Bates in "Fried Green Tomatoes"... saying "I'm older and I have more insurance" when she Tawanda'd the car in her fight over a parking space!)

But I digress.  

First, listen... 

And now you can read the linguistic expert's explanation about how some people hear one thing and the rest hear another.

To put it in laymen's terms (OK, I borrowed this description):

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.  (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!)

Here's a sample of the same recording at different pitches... 

Or we can just have fun with it and fight about it on Twitter, like the Dress.  

Maybe just combine the two conundrums....hmm?

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