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Weird audio illusion leaves listeners divided

By T.K. Randall
June 10, 2021 · Comment icon 36 comments

People have reported hearing different things. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Marcus Quigmire
A short audio clip of a football crowd chanting over and over has proven rather difficult to interpret.
Check out the audio clip below and see what you hear - what exactly is the crowd saying ?

It's the latest in a long line of perplexing audio illusions stemming from the infamous 'laurel' or 'yanny' illusion which left Internet users scratching their heads back in 2018.

The clip displays a number of possible interpretations and if you go down the list while listening to the audio, it becomes difficult not to hear one of the possible phrases shown on the screen.

The confusion is such that people have reported hearing hundreds of different possible variations, with nobody able to agree on exactly what the crowd is actually saying.

Have a listen yourself, what do you think is being said ?

Source: The Mirror | Comments (36)

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Comment icon #27 Posted by fred_mc 3 years ago
As I wrote earlier, I also think the last part sounds like "barsi". Maybe "Barsi" is the name of a player, and they are saying "Go Barsi!", or something like that, in their language. Here is a list of countries where Barsi is most common as first name: Edit: Civicus Barsi-Ghia is apparently super big in Liberia but there Barsi is a last name:
Comment icon #28 Posted by Helen of Annoy 3 years ago
 Is not    Doesn't sound like anything in Croatian, it has too many vowels     You know "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen... of course you do... so, to my countrymen's ears it sounded like "Radovan baca daske." (Guy named Radovan is throwing planks.)  
Comment icon #29 Posted by Jaded1 3 years ago
I only looked at the article heading and can't even believe that this is a supposed auditory illusion. As others have already said, it's totally obvious that it's football fans singing in English "That is embarrassing" to the tune of Verdi's La Donna E Mobile from Rigoletto. It doesn't even remotely sound like anything else.
Comment icon #30 Posted by acute 3 years ago
Comment icon #31 Posted by Helen of Annoy 3 years ago
I was just kidding. For example, the word "smrt" (death) only looks like it has no vowels at all - while in fact "r" is considered a vowel in Slavic languages   Back on strict topic, it's hard to tell what football fans or opera singers are singing about. You need to have the libretto printed out or you'll lose the plot.  
Comment icon #32 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 3 years ago
so is this Italian?
Comment icon #33 Posted by RAyMO 3 years ago
football fans much more cultured than I thought    
Comment icon #34 Posted by CigaretteSmokingMan 3 years ago
That is a martian
Comment icon #35 Posted by johncbdg 3 years ago
What is it Barnsley...
Comment icon #36 Posted by Brassboy86 3 years ago
Definitely some Scottish guys singing in a pub while watching a football game and so singing

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