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Yanny or Laurel? Internet is Going Bananas Over This Audio Illusion

This illusion is going to break friendships.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18

Updated:May 16, 2018, 6:20 PM IST
Yanny or Laurel? Internet is Going Bananas Over This Audio Illusion
This illusion is going to break friendships.

The Internet is a funny place. Remember the white/gold dress or blue/black dress illusion that caused a thousand headaches across the globe?

The newest illusion on the web, an audio clip in a robot voice, has divided the netizens like never before.

What's the fuss, you ask? Go ahead and listen to the audio clip. We dare you. Now forward the clip to your friends, family and office mates and see relationships shatter caused by the debate storm.

Yanny or Laurel? The only question that matters.

Things get even more complicated as new theories have surfaced.



Speaking to New York Times, Dr. Jody Kreiman, a principal investigator at the voice perception laboratory at the University of California, said, "the acoustic patterns for the utterance are midway between those for the two words. The energy concentrations for Ya are similar to those for La. N is similar to r, I is close to l."

The massive headache that the illusion has caused forced Chrissy Teigen muted the words.

The confusion over the audio clip has been so great, Ellen DeGeneres had to drop everything to join the ongoing debate.

According to Science Alert, the viral illusion clip appears to have started on Reddit under a subreddit dedicated to "black magic f*ckery."

Anyway, my vote goes to Laurel.

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