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16 May 2018, 6:21 pm

I hear "laurel"----but with a bit of a "y" sound at the beginning of the word.



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16 May 2018, 10:26 pm

They were playing this on the radio earlier. Both times I heard clearly heard laurel and nothing that sounded like Yanny. It's like that dress picture where some saw a blue dress like I did and some saw a gold colored dress.

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17 May 2018, 7:58 pm

I clearly hear “Yanny” and have never heard Laurel. Kudos to those that do, though. :|


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17 May 2018, 9:33 pm

I clearly hear "Yanny" listening on my PC with good speakers. When I listened earlier today on my tablet device, I could only hear "Laurel"... I'm over 60, but I have really good hearing in higher frequencies.



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17 May 2018, 9:39 pm

Laurel.

How could anyone possibly hear Yanny? There's a distinctive 'L' in the beginning and the end. There's an 'Oh" sound in the middle. There's an "rrr" sound in the middle.

There isn't a show 'a' in the middle. There isn't an 'nnnn' in the middle. There isn't an 'eeee' in the end.

Does this have more to do with how one would pronounce the words than with how one hears the video?


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17 May 2018, 10:41 pm

Apparently, older people are more likely to hear "Laurel" because of prolonged high-frequency hearing loss. Maybe you all are just old :P . I can clearly hear "Yanny," and no matter how hard I try it sounds absolutely nothing like "Laurel" to me. It's an interesting concept.


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17 May 2018, 11:19 pm

StampySquiddyFan wrote:
Apparently, older people are more likely to hear "Laurel" because of prolonged high-frequency hearing loss. Maybe you all are just old :P . I can clearly hear "Yanny," and no matter how hard I try it sounds absolutely nothing like "Laurel" to me. It's an interesting concept.

Apparently the robot voice is actually saying both at once, just at different frequencies, so whichever frequency is dominant for you would sound like what it's saying. If that were the case, though, you'd think we'd all hear both on top of each other, just at different volumes.

This youtube video apparently helps you to hear the other word by adjusting the volume of the different frequencies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PrndtwT-us

It doesn't work for me though - even when they deliberately make Yanny dominant, I still hear Laurel, just quieter.
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Does the youtube video work for anyone else? Does it help you to hear the other word?


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17 May 2018, 11:42 pm

I got it! I was reading about it, and apparently:
-By increasing the speed of the clip (thus upping the pitch), you can force the dominant voice to be "Laurel".
-By decreasing the speed of the clip (thus lowering the pitch), you can force the dominant voice to be "Yanny".

So I downloaded the clip and tried that with Audacity. I was able to hear "Yanny" by slowing it down, but I can't confirm whether speeding it up helps to hear "Laurel" since I heard that to begin with. Does it work for other people?

Here's the original clip. You'll hear whatever you hear.
https://instaud.io/2c4Z

Here's the clip running at 1.5x speed. I expect you'll hear "Laurel" here.
https://instaud.io/2c50

Here's the clip running at 0.75x speed. I expect you'll hear "Yanny" here.
https://instaud.io/2c51


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19 May 2018, 10:01 am

SplendidSnail wrote:
Here's the original clip. You'll hear whatever you hear.
https://instaud.io/2c4Z

Here's the clip running at 1.5x speed. I expect you'll hear "Laurel" here.
https://instaud.io/2c50

Here's the clip running at 0.75x speed. I expect you'll hear "Yanny" here.
https://instaud.io/2c51

So the other night, I was experimenting gradually slowing down the clip, trying to find the exact cutoff point with how much I had to slow down the clip in order to make myself hear "Yanny", and I was finding that it was somewhere between a 15% and 20% slowdown.

However, although the cutoff was instant (there was no point where I heard both names), it wasn't at a consistent point. At first, it seemed to switch over at around 18%. But then when I started trying to do 17.1%, 17.2%, etc., I never found a point at which it switched. And then I got to 18% and it still hadn't switched.

So I kept going, and was still hearing "Laurel" at 19%. I played around with it a while more and couldn't seem to find the exact cutoff. So I decided to go to bed.

But one last time before bed, I listened to the 0.75x clip (25% slowdown) I posted above, and suddenly found I was still hearing "Laurel" on the same clip that I had previously been hearing "Yanny". But when I got up again the next morning, it was back to "Yanny" on the 0.75x clip.

Was I messing with my ears when I was adjusting the speed just a little bit at a time, and training my ears to hear "Laurel"? Or maybe just tired ears tend to be more likely to hear "Laurel"? (since it was right before bed)


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19 May 2018, 6:11 pm

SplendidSnail wrote:
Laurel.

How could anyone possibly hear Yanny? There's a distinctive 'L' in the beginning and the end. There's an 'Oh" sound in the middle. There's an "rrr" sound in the middle.

There isn't a show 'a' in the middle. There isn't an 'nnnn' in the middle. There isn't an 'eeee' in the end.

Does this have more to do with how one would pronounce the words than with how one hears the video?
Exactly my thoughts as well. It is very most definitely Laurel and nothing else.

I listened to the 3 clips you posted, Snail, and I heard normal Laurel, speeded up Laurel, and very slow Laurel. Not a single Yanny.


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19 May 2018, 7:03 pm

High speed: Laurel, in what sounds like a child's voice.
Normal speed: Laurel in a normal man's voice
Low speed: Yammy, in the voice of a drunken man

It's crazy how changing the speed at which a sound is played can make it sound so different. I tried playing Two Steps From Hell -- El Dorado at 0.75 speed, and it went from this powerful epic song to a song more suited for an official march. By contrast, speeding it up to 1.25 speed turned it into a song that sounded like "it's the end of the world as we know it, RUN!"


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19 May 2018, 8:08 pm

Skilpadde wrote:
I listened to the 3 clips you posted, Snail, and I heard normal Laurel, speeded up Laurel, and very slow Laurel. Not a single Yanny.

Try this one. It's 50% speed, so half the speed of the slow one I posted above. It's kind of hard to understand because it's so slow, but it sounds to me more like "Yawny":
https://instaud.io/2cBP

I tried some even slow than that, but they sound more like just growling than a word, so if you can't here Yawny or Yanny here, it's probably hopeless.
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19 May 2018, 9:21 pm

Ok, so being OCD that I am, I hear Laurel during the day, but late at night when it is quiet, I hear Yanny.
So I ran some tests without changing the pitch. I tested each ear.. Always Laurel on the left and Yanny on the right. No matter what I could not hear Yanny on the left. I guess one of my ears can pick up a higher frequently. I also wrote the word Yanny on a sheet of paper and that seemed to help hear the word that I wanted.



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20 May 2018, 1:43 am

I just hear yanny.


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