It then circulated on Twitter this week, where the debate rages on.
Indeed, even the Daily Dot staff became at vicious odds with one another by the time the debate bubbled to a simmer in Slack.
In the audio clip you can hear a male operator saying one word but people are split in half over it because they're actually hearing two completely different words even though it's the same recording. I listened 10 times and can't figure out how anyone hears laurel. Various people on social media have taken to doing their own experiments in order to understand how people have heard different things.
Older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges, which could explain why Riecke could only hear Laurel, but his eight-year-old daughter could hear Yanny.
For starters, your expectations play a huge role here. "I hear Laurel", DeGeneres tweeted. "We automatically fill in the missing sound to make sense". Now he thinks that the overlaid frequencies above 4.5 kHz are what sound like "yanny" to some people. "Listening is attributing meaning to sound". It's science and CNN can tell you why here. Now the question is, do you hear "Yanny' or Laurel?' - Your favorite celebs are shook by the new viral craze and here's what they heard!"
The Independent reckons it had cracked the case by saying that in the recording, Laurel and Yanny has been laid on the top of each other and your brain simply chooses which one to hear.
People on both sides of the argument swear they are hearing the word correctly and those opposed to them are lying. "When you look close up, the edges of the frown will dominate, but the face will appear to smile if you stand back or squint your eyes so that the blurred image dominates". Is this the new blue-or-gold-dress debate?
Dr Freeman said: "This illusion also reminds me of two related ones". She gave us three different answers. You can also cheat and manipulate the pitch and volume.