Explained: Yanny Or Laurel

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For the record, the mayor of Laurel, Md., a small city in northern Prince George's County, hears "Laurel", and so does the city administrator, according to Audrey Barnes, a spokeswoman for the City of Laurel (She also heard "Laurel", she noted). Depending on how your brain does this, you might be hearing Laurel or Yanny. I could not hear Laurel as my business partner did.

"The answers you get probably track with the age of the listener", Professor Todd Richmond, director of advanced prototypes at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, told TheWrap.

It's the biggest debate of our time - or, at least, the biggest since the great "the dress" debate of 2015.

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Another commented: "Ok are all of you literally kidding around about the Yanny thing, because it's definitely Laurel". I will ruin your life with it right now. "And while some of our co-workers can only hear "Yanny" or 'Yary, '" Barnes wrote, "we know it only says 'Laurel'". Still others say they can hear it both ways.

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The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media.

Redditor user and armchair expert juuular had his own theory about the difference, based on frequencies: "If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny".

Input from celebrities has inflamed the frenzy: "It's Yanny", horror writer Stephen King said in a deadpan tweet. She has a mild hearing loss in the higher-frequency range, yet heard yanny.

But also, our brains could be influencing what we heard in the clip.

. If you haven't, here's the tl;dr: There's an audio clip of a male computer-generated voice saying a word. Honestly, it's pretty fascinating stuff!

Audio engineers, including Travis Newton on Twitter, used software to analyze the audio file and determined that "Yanny" and "Laurel" are both present, but at different frequencies. Did we all learn something here? Yes.

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