The internet is divided over this viral clip that pronounces a name in two ways

May 17, 2018 - 1:36 PM
People are divided over a viral audio clip that pronounces a name in what appeared to be two different ways. Some hear "Yanny" while others can hear "Laurel." (Pixabay/Stock photo)

If Twitter were any indication, there are now two types of people in this world — those who hear “Yanny” and those who hear “Laurel.”

The social media platform shared an audio clip that has been bugging people everywhere. The brief audio was supposedly a computer-generated voice who said a name that may be interpreted in two ways.

Others stated that they heard “Yanny” while there were those who heard “Laurel.” There were also others who claimed that they heard both names.

The audio has since garnered more than 5,000 likes as of press time.

Some offered their theories on why others hear the audio differently.

“The Verge” journalist Adi Robertson shared that it might be because of the difference in hearing among adults and children.

Vox explained through a Reddit user that “what you hear depends on the amount of bass that’s being produced from the device you’re listening on.”

They noted that the audio can be digitally manipulated by the person, along with its pitch range (whether it is listened in a low or a high pitch).

It’s like the ‘dress’ episode again 

This is not the first time that the internet was divided over such a seemingly simple thing.

In 2015, a certain dress shook people and made them question its color.

Others stated that it was a combination of blue-and-black while others said that it was white-and-gold.

The Independent reported that it was an effect of how people’s eyes process light.

It has even bothered some celebrities, like Taylor Swift who thought it was blue-and-black and Anna Kendrick, who thought it was in white-and-gold.