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, 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…

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