Yanny vs Laurel: the debate rages on

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Unprompted, Paul Ryan settled the latest controversy, "I'd like to declare something that is just so obvious: It is Laurel and not Yanny".

The clip was posted to Twitter by YouTube personality Cloe Feldman and the tweet had almost 14 million views by late Wednesday afternoon.

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An audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: do you hear "Yanny" or "Laurel?". But for a moment, discovering there was no observable rhyme or reason to why you heard something that a sizeable chunk of the internet didn't was unsettling. Katie Hetzel, a freshman at Flowery Branch High School in Georgia, had a question about one of her vocabulary words, "laurel". The different things we hear reminds us that our world, and ourselves, are far more unknown than we think. "Yanny or Laurel." - and the Internet went nuts. Audiologist Catherine Marino said because they're grouped so close together, it's up to the brain to decide which one to hear. Mediocre speakers don't usually play both quality bass and treble.

Our ears learn at a young age to pick up clues about the vowels people spit out by focusing on frequencies at which certain sounds tend to resonate.

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And, like back then, there's a simple explanation for why people perceive one thing so differently - and science can explain it.

Dr. Bunta said the audio illusion is actually a combination of artificial signals that sound like Yanny and Laurel. It is Laurel and not Yanny alright. "It's definitely, definitely, definitely 'Yanny'".

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