View Poll Results: What word is being said?
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:29 PM
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Laurel or Yanny

So this is another of those what color is the dress things, except now people are hearing a different word. Me, I'm clearly hearing one word, so it's unclear how anyone could hear the other.

But then the dress was CLEARLY white and gold.

http://www.businessinsider.com/yanny...guments-2018-5
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:36 PM
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I hear nothing but "Laurel" there. I can't even get my ears to hear "Yanny."
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I hear nothing but "Laurel" there. I can't even get my ears to hear "Yanny."
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I hear nothing but "Yanny" there. I can't even get my ears to hear 'Laurel'

Apparently it's supposed to change if you mix your sound with a different amount of bass, but I can't figure out how to make Windows 10 do that, and don't care enough to spend that much time on it.
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Yorrel.
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Sounds like "Yarry" to me. Not even a hint of Laurel. And no N sound really.
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I hear nothing but "Laurel" there. I can't even get my ears to hear "Yanny."
This.

I don't even see how those words could ever be similar? There's no "ee" sound in the spoken word.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:10 PM
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Yanny, but I thought the dress was white and gold.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:11 PM
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I hear a Y, never an L anywhere.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:15 PM
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Yammy!
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My wife is hearing 'yally', and my son heard 'Yahweh'. Clearly this poll does not have enough options.
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I hear nothing but "Laurel" there. I can't even get my ears to hear "Yanny."
I'm the exact opposite.



How to hear both: https://www.spin.com/2018/05/how-to-hear-yanny-laurel/

It apparently has to do with the frequencies you can hear. "Yanni" is transmitted at the upper range of human-audible frequencies around 20kHz while "Laurel" is transmitted at lower freqs. I'm surprised a man in his mid-30s like myself can still hear around 20kHz.

It might have been interesting to split the poll along gender and age lines. Perhaps posters could mention that along with what they hear.
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My son just played it for me. I heard "Yarry."
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I hear nothing but "Laurel" there. I can't even get my ears to hear "Yanny."
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Yammy!
This. The middle consonant sounds more like an m than an n. I also hear a very slight d just before the y in yammy, almost like the speaker wanted to say dammy but changed itís mind and said yammy instead.
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My wife is hearing 'yally', and my son heard 'Yahweh'. Clearly this poll does not have enough options.
Or Rabbinical approval.
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Whoa, that was totally weird for me. The first four times I heard yanny, clear as a bell. Then it changed to laurel, and now I canít hear yanny again. So strange.
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At first I just heard a relatively high-pitched voice saying YANNY. Then I tried to hear where the LAUREL was supposed to be, and once I heard it, that's all I could hear.
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Yammy!
Yeah, it sounds more like Yammy than anything else.
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I could only hear Laurel. But I'm hard of hearing, and apparently those that hear Yanny are hearing upper registers that aren't audible to everyone.

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Old 05-16-2018, 12:53 AM
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Yanny. Full stop. I can't even process how laurel is possible from the sound I hear.

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I'm the exact opposite.



How to hear both: https://www.spin.com/2018/05/how-to-hear-yanny-laurel/

It apparently has to do with the frequencies you can hear. "Yanni" is transmitted at the upper range of human-audible frequencies around 20kHz while "Laurel" is transmitted at lower freqs. I'm surprised a man in his mid-30s like myself can still hear around 20kHz.

It might have been interesting to split the poll along gender and age lines. Perhaps posters could mention that along with what they hear.
Very interesting article. I heard "Yanni" in all versions I could find by Googling, so it was interesting to hear how "Laurel" could be generated by the clip.

I'm actually surprised that I'm hearing Yanni since I'm a 66-year-old male. So I still should be able to hear bird calls well.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:21 AM
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I'm the exact opposite.



How to hear both: https://www.spin.com/2018/05/how-to-hear-yanny-laurel/

It apparently has to do with the frequencies you can hear. "Yanni" is transmitted at the upper range of human-audible frequencies around 20kHz while "Laurel" is transmitted at lower freqs. I'm surprised a man in his mid-30s like myself can still hear around 20kHz.

It might have been interesting to split the poll along gender and age lines. Perhaps posters could mention that along with what they hear.
Interesting. Yeah, male, 42,so no surprise Iím not hearing in the 20khz range.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:26 AM
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It apparently has to do with the frequencies you can hear. "Yanni" is transmitted at the upper range of human-audible frequencies around 20kHz while "Laurel" is transmitted at lower freqs. I'm surprised a man in his mid-30s like myself can still hear around 20kHz.
I heard it as "Yanny" on my Dell laptop's teensy speakers. However, when I plugged in my vintage Pickering over-the-ear headphones, I clearly heard "Laurel."

They're both there. The "Laurel" is a deep, adult male voice; "Yanny" is higher, nasal, and chipmunk-ish.
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Interesting. I played it on my iPhone; when I put my phone up to my ear, I clearly hear it as "Laurel", but when I hold it at arm's length it sounds something like "Yeewee". Try it yourselves.

(Male, 43, who sometimes thinks he should have his hearing checked).
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Yorrel.
This is what I heard as well. Donít know if it was the accent or the speaker intentionally running lettters together, but I could definitely hear a Ďyí sound at the start.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:28 AM
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Both. I hear a higher-timbred voice saying 'Yanny' synchronously with a deeper voice saying 'Laurel'.
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All I hear is Yarry.
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Both. I hear a higher-timbred voice saying 'Yanny' synchronously with a deeper voice saying 'Laurel'.
Exactly. I hear both.
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I'm hearing impaired and do not have my hearing aid in right now. I'll just agree with whatever closed captioning says.
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Sounds like "Yarry" to me. Not even a hint of Laurel. And no N sound really.
Our daughter played this for us last night. She hears "Laurel", my wife Pepper Mill hears "Yanny", and I hear "Yarry", as you do. The two of us can't hear a "l" sound at all.
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Both. I hear a higher-timbred voice saying 'Yanny' synchronously with a deeper voice saying 'Laurel'.
Same. Clearly both.
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Another vote for "yammy" and no idea how anyone could hear "Laurel". Of course, I'll come back to this time and time again, just as I did with the BLUE & BLACK dress and may eventually hear it. I love this kind of stuff (even if I don't understand it).
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First time I played it it started off ambiguous, then my brain resolved it into Laurel. Now I can't hear any ambiguity at all, regardless of if it's sped up, slowed down or on crappy speakers.
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I hear, "Mutton Vindaloo"
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Both. I hear a higher-timbred voice saying 'Yanny' synchronously with a deeper voice saying 'Laurel'.
Is this the reason for the ambiguity? Can this be an auditory version of the "Hybrid Image" situation?

In case you haven't encountered it, a "hybrid image" is one in which two vaguely similar images are overlaid atop one another, but you only have the high spatial frequency components for one image and only the low frequency spatial components for the other. The result is an image that, up close, looks like the high spatial frequency component part, but far away looks like the low frequencu component parts.

One famous example used simultaneous images of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_image

https://www.newscientist.com/article...-you-see-them/

The examples you can find on the internet don't look particularly impressive, but I saw a display of these at the MIT museum that was pretty startling. (but even THEIR internet version is underwhelming -- http://cvcl.mit.edu/hybrid_gallery/gallery.html )



It would be an easy thing to separate out high and low frequency audio components from two different words and broadcast them simultaneously, especially if you're using artificial voice. In any event, even using real human voices it'd sound artificial. This would also explain why for many people changing the volume changes the perceived word -- it's the auditory equivalent of standing closer to or farther from the hybrid image.
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When I played the clip on this computer, it was "yammy." When I played it on my laptop, it was "laurel" for me, but my husband heard "yanny." When he played it on his laptop, he heard "laurel," with a side of "yanny." I just heard "laurel."
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Unambiguously Laurel here.
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When I played the clip on this computer, it was "yammy." When I played it on my laptop, it was "laurel" for me, but my husband heard "yanny." When he played it on his laptop, he heard "laurel," with a side of "yanny." I just heard "laurel."
After some tinkering: On this computer, simply adjusting the volume makes it switch. At 100%, it's "laurel." At 90% or thereabouts, I can hear both. Anything under about 80% and it's "yammy."
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I shared this with my office. Academically I get the concept but it's trippy to listen to the same thing at the same time as someone else and know we hear two totally different things.
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I very distinctly hear "yammy" when listening on my phone (Google Pixel XL), and "Laurel" when it's on the radio in my Jeep. I really want to listen to it on my desktop while playing with the levels.
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Yanny, but I thought the dress was white and gold.
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I hear both. "Laurel" is in a low-pitched vocalization and "Yanny" is in a far more treble register, and they are superimposed.

It's not so much like the famous dress; it's more like that optical ilusion where it can look like the face is scowling or smiling depending on how close you get to it. ETA: or the one linked to by CalMeacham

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Yanny, but I thought the dress was white and gold.
Same for both for me. Plus anyone who thought the gold in that dress was black is crazy.



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Yanny. Definitely Yanny.

Apparently all of you aliens from outer space can't hear right either.
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How to hear both: https://www.spin.com/2018/05/how-to-hear-yanny-laurel/

It apparently has to do with the frequencies you can hear. "Yanni" is transmitted at the upper range of human-audible frequencies around 20kHz while "Laurel" is transmitted at lower freqs. I'm surprised a man in his mid-30s like myself can still hear around 20kHz.

It might have been interesting to split the poll along gender and age lines. Perhaps posters could mention that along with what they hear.
Can't hear Yanni on either of those, but I have high freq loss. I hear "yorrel" on the first iteration, then "laurel" from there forward.
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Count me as a Laurel. Even the "you can hear both!" is Laurel to me.
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All I can hear is "laurel", loud and clear. This is on different devices, with and without earbuds.
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