Three years ago, the internet melted over the color of a dress. Now an audio file has friends, family members and office colleagues who listen to each other and their own.
Does the robot voice sing "Yanny" or "Laurel"?
On Wednesday, the Times drew the clip back to Roland Szabo, an 18-year-old high school student in Lawrenceville, Georgia, who appears on Reddit as RolandCamry.
Mr. Szabo said he worked on a school project some time ago and recorded the voice from a vocabulary website played through the speakers on his computer. The people in the room disagreed about what they heard.
The clip was taken Steam after it jumped from Instagram to Reddit to Twitter.
It really started after the tweet from a self-described YouTube "influencer" named Cloe Feldman, who appeared in too many news articles (including this one). On Tuesday evening, Ms. Feldman said in a video that she would make several interview requests and look for the original creator.
"I did not start Yanny against Laurel," she said. "I do not know how that was done."
It was not long before the auditory illusion was referred to as "black magic." And more than one person who was online yearned for 2015 after this simpler time no one could decide if the bride's mother wore white and gold or blue and black.
It was a social media frenzy in which Internet trends and traffic were so high that Wikipedia even now has a simple entry. " The dress."
"Energy levels for Ya are similar to those for La," she said. "N is similar to r; I'm close to me."
Patricia Keating, Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Phonetics Laboratory at UCLA, said, "It depends on what part (frequency range) of signal you have
"I have no idea why some listeners pay more attention to the lower frequency range while others pay more attention to the higher frequency range," she added. How much time do you spend talking on the phone? "
Dr. Kreiman warned that more analysis would be needed to eliminate the discrepancy. This did not stop online tracking dogs from finding the answer by manipulating bass, pitch or volume.
Some speculated that Dr. Keating that the differences could be related to the hearing loss or the age of the listener. It is known that some sounds are audible only to people under 25 years of age.
"If you set the volume very low, there will be virtually no bass and you will hear Yanny," a Reddit user confidently wrote.
However, these adjustments do not change the word for some.
"I literally switched all frequencies below 1 kHz to negative 70 decibels and still hear" laurel "," someone said on Reddit.
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Here in the Times Newsroom, there seemed to be no patterns among those who heard "Yanny" or "Laurel", though a few heard faint traces of both, and some manipulation of the Basses allowed those who heard "Yanny", "Laurel."
The musician Yanni, in turn, said that his ears do not cheat him.
Temporally a definitive scientific explanation will emerge, such as that for the dress, which had a lot to do with lighting.
By then, amaze your friends and amaze your enemies until the next random internet phenomenon has you doubt your own senses.