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The internet is completely divided over this freakish audio illusion

The internet is completely divided over this freakish audio illusion

If you hear the clip from different distances, or on different devices, or at a different volume, it may sound like a different word. Why do some people hear laurel and others hear yanny?

". One of my friends sent it to me and the first time I heard it, it said "Laurel, '" the Redditor explained".

Some are hearing "Laurel" being repeated.

The interest in the sound notes hiked so much that social media users started trending hashtags #TeamYanny and #TeamLaurel depending on what they heard.

The voice saying "Laurel" is at a lower, bass-heavy frequency.

The two words mesh well enough to be combined into one recording. Kind of like an optical illusion, but with audio.

Even Houston Texans star JJ Watt joined in the debate tweeting, "Yanny vs. Laurel is starting some real fights". It gained a new life Tuesday though with thousands across the country looking at each other, like 'no way, how can you hear that?'

Here's another example of a visual cue affecting the way a word is heard.

He said part of the problem is we don't know the origin of the clip.

So, are you team Laurel or team Yanny?

Chandrasekaran told The Verge that because the original recording is ambiguous - it's bad, remember? - your brain needs to fill what it thinks you should hear.