This baffling sound recording is tearing the internet and friendship groups apart - so what can you hear?

Which do you hear?

16 May 2018

Remember back in February 2015 when 'the dress' took over the internet and had people debating until they went blue (or gold) in the face?

Well, get ready for the next instalment of 'annoying internet things that take over your life' - Yanny and Laurel.

A tweet posted by Cloe Feldman features an audio recording of a male voice saying either 'Laurel' or 'Yanny', and people are TORN. Naturally, the post went crazy viral, with over 90,000 retweets and likes.

I personally hear 'Laurel', but how about you?

What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel

— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture)

It caused chaos on the Twittersphere.

Yanny....I listened 10 times and cant figure out how anyone hears laurel

— Kay◟̽◞̽ (@hazzasxinfinity)

You have me walking away from my phone at 2:45 in the fucking morning while a guy says “laurel” repeatedly

— oii (@minecraftftw247)

I was 100% yanny a few hours ago but now I only hear laurel, no matter how hard I try to hear yanny🤣🤣🤣

— hendo (@RyanHendo1875)

I only hear Laurel either way! Physics?? I say witchcraft.

— Stephanie Freeman (@CaileanE)

Thankfully, the geniuses over on Reddit had answers. User explained that it's all to do with the bass frequencies.

"If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny.

Turn the volume up and play it on some speakers that have actual bass response (aka not your phone) and you will hear Laurel."

I can hear Laurel no matter what, so what's the deal? They continued:

"Obviously this also depends on individual physiology and on what you "expect" to hear.

I'm assuming they combined the high frequencies of "Yanny" with the lower frequencies of "Laurel" (with some overlap), and the two words are phonetically similar enough for this to work. However, your brain can't handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear."

spotted a video made by YouTube user Kthnx2 which perfectly shows how it's all done.

Ah, science.