Yanny or Laurel? For Trump the question is not so simple

Trump hears 'covfefe' as White House aides weigh in on 'Yanny' and 'Laurel'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders drops a "fake news" retort in the video. It's no surprise that it went viral, because anyone you play the clip to tends to hears one word or the other, and usually finds it inconceivable that anyone else could hear it differently. The confusing audio clip is playing around with frequency and the words the listener hears will depend on the range of frequency that the person picks up from the clip.

An 18-year-old high school student in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Roland Szabo was the first to post the audio clip on Reddit, where it quickly took off.

"It's "Laurel.' But I could deflect and divert to 'Yanny" if you need me to", Conway says.

Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, said the environment in which one listens, including whether headphones or a speaker are used, affects the intensity of the frequencies, and hence what one hears.

If not a short audio clip has been trending online that asks people what word they hear, Yanny or Laurel. "When the low frequencies are more emphasised, people will hear "Laurel", Crum said.

But there are also plenty of White House staffs who only hear Yanny, including strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp. This just shows that people on internet will debate on anything and everything and hence it becomes viral. If you hadn't been introduced to the possibility of hearing "Yanny" or "Laurel" you may not have heard either of these words.

There is a difference between what you hear, and why you hear it.

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