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Do you hear that? Whatever it is, the answer it’s probably not the same as the person next to you.
An audio clip shared by a New Zealand radio show has people questioning what they did – or rather didn’t – hear, with a variation of possible sentences able to be heard.
The auditory illusion was re-shared by New Zealand radio show The Rock FM drive with Jay and Dunc, who played the sound on their show to test what each other could hear.
The original audio of from the Derby County Football Club in the UK chanting: ‘That is embarrassing,’ to the tune of La Donna e Mobile from Rigoletto.
New Zealand Rock FM hosts Jay and Dunc (pictured) were astounded by the audio illusion, which is of the Derby County Football Club in the UK chanting: ‘That is embarrassing’
Jay (pictured) was in disbelief over how the power of suggestion could so heavily impact what one hears, with at least six different phrases able to be heard
However, not everyone hears the same thing apparently, with the resurfaced clip- which has had over 8 million views on TikTok – dividing audiences once again.
When asked what they hear, the Rock FM hosts Jay and Dunc first responded with ‘that is embarrassing’ – but were surprised to hear other phrases made just as much sense.
‘Are you sure you don’t hear “rotating pirate ships?”‘ announcer Lee Weir asked the pair, who burst into laughter.
‘Or, do you hear “that isn’t my receipt”?’ he continued.
‘This is the power of suggestion,’ Jay exclaimed, laughing.
Lee continued to play the clip, with possible suggestions as to what the sound could be.
‘Maybe you’re hearing “Bart Simpson bouncing,”‘ the host continued
‘The last one, “lobsters in motion,”‘ Lee said, with the other hosts incredulously responding with ‘surely not.’
The show’s announcer Lee Weir took them through the sentences people commonly hear
Listeners were divided over the sound, unable to agree on a particular sentence. However experts say people hear different things as it’s the brain is trying to find a ‘best fit’
Listeners chimed in with what they could hear in the audio.
‘I hear Doctors and Viruses!’ one person said.
‘That isn’t piracy,’ said another.
‘God says there is mercy,’
‘Yo this is blowing my mind,’ replied one perplexed listener.
Some listeners were adamant they heard the correct chant.
‘”That is embarrassing” every time…’ one listener commented.
‘That is embarrassing. Nothing else,’ agreed another.
‘”That is embarrassing,”‘ added one user. ‘I was among the fans shouting.’
The audio illusion was first shared on social media in 2021, where it went viral when TikTok user who posts under the username @key_has_styles shared the clip, which has been viewed over 22.5 million times.
The clip was shared in 2021 by a TiKTok user who amassed thousands of comments with people arguing over what they heard
This new sound illusion is similar to the viral Yanny vs Laurel audio clip that took the internet by storm in 2018.
The audio clip featuring a computerized man’s voice was originally posted on Reddit by high school student Roland Camry. Most people claimed they can clearly hear one of the two words, and can’t imagine how anyone could possibly hear the other.
It’s been described as an auditory illusion on par with the debate over The Dress back in February 2015.
Academics weighed in at the time, providing explanations for the auditory illusion.
Valerie Hazan, professor of speech sciences at University College London, said: ‘The sound online seems to have been made deliberately ambiguous and people are being primed to hear ‘yanny’ or ‘laurel’.
‘The issue is that this speech does not quite fit into the auditory patterns you expect for these two words so your brain is trying to find a “best fit.”‘ she continued.
‘If your brain latches on to one of the high frequency auditory patterns, at around 3,000 hertz, that is going to push you more towards yanny.
‘If you pick up on another auditory pattern in the sound which is at a lower frequency of 1,000 hertz, that is more consistent with laurel.’