it’s viral clickbait. come on, that one’s obvious. the ‘yanny or laurel – what do you hear debate’ is just like the illusion dress, a contentious ‘issue’ posed to and adopted by the masses in order to divide us. what’s better is it’s backed up by some scientific explanation that truly boggles all of our minds, although we still pretend to understand it before moving onto the next thing.

 

 

 

 

the science bit is important because it’s the only thing we have to calm confusion over the blindingly obvious answer we have in our head. according to TIME, who had an expert on hand – dr. kevin franck, the audiology director at massachusetts eye and ear – the audio clip forces the brain to decide quickly about what word it hears but this all depends on what device your hearing it out of. go play it out of the computer/phone or vice versa and see if you can hear a difference. as you will know after the 100th time of playing it, the clip is quite noisy which means it projects a lot of different frequencies. now depending on your brain and how it hears the audio is also dependent on the audio equipment and these frequencies.

 

 

 

 

 

it’s really had everyone perplexed, the best friend, the co-worker, and don’t forget a long list of celebs including katy perry, but where did it come from? here you will find the truth. the original audio recording, which comes from an opera singer contracted to record english language words for vocabulary.com, is actually saying ‘laurel’. the clip was then taken from roland szabo, a high school student in georgia, who shared the debate with his classmates, before sending it to a another friend who stuck it on instagram and twitter – causing mass debate to ensue.

 

 

so it’s laurel. don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you didn’t hear what you heard. it’s just you were completely wrong, but maybe you got the dress right? oh you didn’t…

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news