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    Default "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    My husband shared this with me this morning. I won't go into too much detail to avoid affecting this experiment. Apparently, it has been trending on social media over the last few days.

    Listen to the first video. What do you hear in the recording: Yanny or Laurel?

    After you're done listening to the first, you can check out a possible explanation in the second video.



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    Tucson police are trying to put the 'yanny or laurel' debate to rest through an "investigation."

    Sgt. Pete Dugan said that the department was investigating some confusing audio that was spreading across Tucson and the entire country.

    The audio he's referring to is a short clip that sparked a social media debate about whether the word being heard is "yanny" or "laurel." Depending on the person, they might hear either one — or both.

    The video goes on to say that the public information office had determined the correct answer through it's investigation. The results? That it's laurel, not yanny, with Dugan adding that "it's pretty obvious."

    http://tucson.com/news/local/tucson-...7184a91d5.html

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    I have high frequency hearing loss... so i hear laurel. the explanation makes sense... I know I've lost a lot of auditory clues since my hearing damage occurred, it's most noticeable in crowds (everything seems to blur together), but apparently this i s a great test too
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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    When my husband first told me about it and then showed me the video, I heard "Yanny." He did not give a lot of info upfront either. A couple of hours later, he sent me an article on it. I listened to it again and heard "Laurel."

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    .... hmmm strange yesterday on the news program I heard Laurel very clear each time they played it, today there was no doubt after listening a few times to verify yanny was very clear. I dont get why after hearing again would it change after a day?

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    The first sounded like laurel, but the second sounded like yarry or gary to me, not yanny
    Anyone else, or is my hearing shot?! lol

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    I heard "Laurel".


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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    I hear 'Laurel' very clearly for the first part of the recording. When the pitch changes, I hear what sounds like 'Yilly' (rather than Yanni).
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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    Quote Posted by TargeT (here)
    I have high frequency hearing loss... so i hear laurel. the explanation makes sense... I know I've lost a lot of auditory clues since my hearing damage occurred, it's most noticeable in crowds (everything seems to blur together), but apparently this i s a great test too
    Speaker / sound system quality might be a driving factor as well -- unless you have a great sound system, whatever device one is listening on is going to also restrict frequencies - either high ones or low ones or both, which also is likely having an impact on what you hear.

    I can't hear laurel at all at any of the pitch shifted frequencies ... I can't even imagine how it could be interpreted that way. I have slight HF loss in one ear so I tried listening to see if I could hear a difference between ears -- still sounds like Yanni to me. I have my PC wired into a very high quality system - the highs on this system are very crisp and clear, and because my subwoofer is ridiculous (I have a small dwelling), I have low frequencies lowered and the high frequency end bumped up a little to compensate - this might lend to my strict hearing of yanni.

    I might check back later to see if I still hear it.
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    Quote Posted by LadyM (here)
    When my husband first told me about it and then showed me the video, I heard "Yanny." He did not give a lot of info upfront either. A couple of hours later, he sent me an article on it. I listened to it again and heard "Laurel."
    I heard Yanny clearly the first time I watched the first clip. Then after watching the second clip, I went back to watch the first again and I heard Laurel! That is wicked! Can you imagine 2 people watching the same news broadcast for example and hearing 2 different versions of the story?

    Edit: I watched the first clip for a 3rd and 4th time and I heard Yanny again!
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    Quote Posted by Jad (here)

    That is wicked! Can you imagine 2 people watching the same news broadcast for example and hearing 2 different versions of the story?
    That was one of the reasons why I thought it was worth sharing. It made me wonder about that.

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    now Im hearing laurel

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    Default Re: "Yanny" or "Laurel"?

    It's odd.

    They had this on the radio last night when i was cooking Dinner. When played via speakers on the radio i clearly heard both Yanny and Laurel whilst the people on the talk show were quite adamant it only said Yanny. Noting ALWAYS when played on the radio it was yanny yanny laurel laurel. never a deviation of the two.

    After listening through headphones i can only hear Yanny.

    Just another thing to cause disagreement amongst ourselves? Some videos could only have Yanny. Others can only have Laurel, thus we disagree with each other on what is heard?


    Edit- Another reason i think it's pure mind f'ery is because of the pitch.

    Yanny is high pitch distorted computer voice.
    Laurel is a more normal sounding but deep / low pitch.

    How can you get both high and low pitch but only hear half? You'd hear both at once and it'd sound like an overlay of the two?

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    Quote Posted by TigaHawk (here)
    You'd hear both at once and it'd sound like an overlay of the two?
    This is exactly what it sounds like to me. I can focus on one or the other. I can also hear both simultaneously, interwoven with each other.

    This reminds me of the left brain vs right brain video with the spinning statue.

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    First part was a clear "Laurel" second part was "Yelly" to me no yanny.
    I stooped listening as soon as I got "Yelly" sounds a bit ominous to me, feels like something I don't wan't in my system, like a key word 0.o
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    My wife heard laurel and I hear Yanny ( she blind tested me to start with by just playing it before I'd heard of this and I thought it sounded like "Yer Me" - but thats probably down to the Liverpool accents I'm used to.)

    I cannot hear Laurel at all - can't even imagine how some are hearing that.

    As pointed out, it just goes to show that two people can attentively listen to something and hear completely different things ! Makes you wonder how much things like this are used purposely to muddy the waters.

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    Quote Posted by Sunny-side-up (here)
    First part was a clear "Laurel" second part was "Yelly" to me no yanny.
    We have the same ears, it's exactly what I heard (post #8). I'm reading of people hearing 'Yanni', and I'm like...whuuuut? How's that possible? The phonetics to me are precisely in the form of lôr'al - very clear, and nothing like yan'ē at all.

    This is a very strange phenomenon! Thanks Lady M for posting it.
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    Quote Posted by LadyM (here)
    When my husband first told me about it and then showed me the video, I heard "Yanny." He did not give a lot of info upfront either. A couple of hours later, he sent me an article on it. I listened to it again and heard "Laurel."
    Same here. My daughter played it to me from her phone and I initially heard both and merged into Laurel and nothing else.

    When replayed on TV I heard Yanny.

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    I'm only hearing "Yanny". I cannot hear "Laurel" at all. My left ear is pretty much shot so I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not.
    I did see something interesting. It was Yanny and Laurel both written out in cursive. Depending on how you looked at it, both could be seen. Interesting!
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    Thanks LadyM

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