No end to debates on Intra-Web
Yanny? Laurel? Foul-mouthed Muppet?
word “Laurel” whereas 47 per cent (this would include my wife) only heard the name “Yanny.”
From the parts of the debate I vaguely understood, it seems some listeners focus on the higher-frequency sounds in “Yanny” and can’t hear the lower sounds of the world “Laurel” and an analysis of the frequencies confirmed both sets of sounds are present in the recording, which explains why blah blah blah.
The point is almost no one was capable of doing any meaningful work for large parts of last year because they were too busy arguing over which word they heard on a cheesy audio clip on the internet.
If you thought we were safe from such trivial, time-wasting activities in 2019, allow me to say, and this comes from the bottom of my heart, you are an idiot.
Here we are, two weeks into a bright and shiny new year, and once again we are all caught in the vise-like grip of yet another internet debate, this time over something the iconic blue monster Grover might or might not have said on an episode of Sesame Street.
Unless you have been in a coma for the past two weeks — or hiding in your drainpipe — you will already know that a video clip is causing the internet to experience heart palpitations because some people believe it shows the beloved furry monster dropping the F-bomb while chatting with a fellow Muppet.
Just like the debate over “The Dress” and “Yanny or Laurel,” the fuss over whether Grover uttered an expletive is causing a great many social-media fans to clutch their pearls and wonder just what kinds of words kids are learning to pronounce on Sesame Street.
In this six-second clip from the Nov. 24 episode of the iconic show, the Muppet Rosita tells Grover: “Ooh, they have to follow you.”
What Grover responds with is questionable, and depends on your ears and, most likely, your brain.
“Yes, yes, that sounds like an excellent idea!” is what most people will hear Grover proclaim, largely because that’s what the cute little guy is saying.
And that’s what I heard the first few times I listened to the clip until — YIKES! — suddenly, like a bunch of other people, I could hear the words: “Yes, yes, that’s a f----ng excellent idea!”
My wife and I watched this (bad word) clip over and over and sometimes we heard the PG version, and other times the naughty word jumped out plain as day.
It is driving social-media users to distraction. “Just saw this on Reddit and it blew my mind... I can hear both depending on which one I’m thinking in my head!” tweeted one person, whose experience mirrored my own.
I’m not a scientist, but apparently the uncertainty has something to do with our brains hearing some manner of ambiguous stimuli and then rooting around to determine what it actually heard, or something like that.
I strongly suggest you don’t take my word for it, and check it out for yourselves. That sounds like an excellent idea to me... no, wait, what you heard wasn’t what I was trying to say! Hello? Hello...
Elvis Presley tribute artist Corny Rempel will perform at the Faith Lutheran Church.
Winnipeg cyclist Robert Lagacé on his fat bike.
Does Grover need his mouth washed out with soap? Depends who you ask.