Every now and then something comes along that divides the internet into different camps. Remember the drama surrounding that photo of the dress and whether it was black and blue or gold and white?
If you don't, we understand. Ultimately it was unimportant, save for the office relationships and friendships that were probably destroyed over heated disagreements.
Well, another similar conundrum is making waves online, and it's just as ridiculous -- if not more so. Only this time instead of looking at something, it is all about what we hear.
Take a listen, what do you hear?
In terms of the debate, how everyone picks a side is really quite simple. Just listen to this audio clip and decide for yourself:
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Give it a try? What did you hear, "Yanny" or "Laurel"? Either way, about now is when you are probably wondering how anyone could hear the other option.
But send this to a handful of people -- friends, family, coworkers, etc. -- and learn what they hear. Chances are, at least a couple will disagree with you.
Naturally when something like this gets big people try and figure out why it is so controversial. Like, how can anyone hear anything other than what you hear?
There is some thought to the idea that it sounds different depending on the device you are listening to, that a phone's speakers are different than a desktop computer's. Others believe it depends on the voice's pitch.
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
Both of those would impact how something is heard, yes, as would the amount of bass that is accompanying the word as it is played. Maybe try playing it through computer speakers first, and then through headphones. Or, listen to it on your phone and compare it to other devices.
Given that the audio is probably not made up of magic or has any kind of sorcery involved with its creation, the playback device would be a logical conclusion as to why this debate exists.
No matter what the reason, this will surely go down as another one of those random things that swept through the online community. It caused great debate and will likely fade away seemingly as quickly as it arrived.
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