An audio clip from the popular children’s movie Toy Story 3 has puzzled internet users after a TikTok user claimed they could hear the Ken doll from the movie using a very rude expletive – while others insisted they heard nothing but an innocent exclamation .
The seemingly innocent footage of the 2010 animation shows a moment between Barbie and Ken, with the latter saying “Oh, Barbie” or “Oh f**k.”
The latest auditory illusion was first shared on TikTok on Saturday by user Kitty Feeley who asked her followers, “Do you hear “Oh Barbie” or “Oh f***.”
A TikTok video (pictured) has caused a frenzy online after listeners heard two different words from the same audio from a Ken doll, with some claiming they could hear him say, “Oh f**k”
She added: ‘I literally hear both… #toystory3 #yannyorlaurel’
The clip, which has since been viewed nearly 30 million times, shows the moment in the movie when Barbie rips a tied Ken’s outfits as the latter screams, “Oh [mystery word]they were vintage’.
One fan responded on Twitter, “Am I gaslit? It’s clearly “oh f**k”.’
Another added: “At first it was clear “Oh Barbie”, but now all I hear is “Oh f**k”.’
One person tweeted, “All I can hear is, “Oh, f**k.” I can’t hear anything that sounds like, “Oh, Barbie.”‘
“Bro what have you done to my brain… if I choose to hear “oh f**k” then I will hear it if I choose to hear “oh Barbie”,” added another .
One TikTok user agreed when they wrote, “I HEARED OH BARBIE THE FIRST TIME AND NOW I CAN’T HEAR IT ANYMORE.”
“He definitely doesn’t say ‘oh Barbie,'” another added, while a TikToker commented, “I’ve never heard ‘oh Barbie’.”
Fans couldn’t believe their ears when they realized it sounded like the Ken doll character was cursing in the 2010 children’s animated film
Some listeners seemed to pinpoint a cause for the confusion, as one wrote, “On my phone’s speaker it was “oh f**k” or maybe “oh fark”, but with headphones it’s clearly oh barbie’.
Another commented, “I can hear both, one caveat, I can’t hear “oh f**k” through the earphones, I can only hear them while speaking. Any minf**kery won’t work on the earphones.”
Other users compared it to the 2018 “Yanny or Laurel” debate and the equally viral “is the dress blue/black or yellow/gold” saga from 2015.
Professor Valerie Hazan, an expert in speech, hearing and phonetics sciences from University College London, told the Huffington Post in 2019 that the reason behind the success of these audio tricks is that our minds can “cling” to a second perceived acoustic pattern.
Many more could hear the expletive when listening to the clip
“The reason a person can see their perception change without explanation could also mean that our ears and brains have clung to the different acoustic pattern from the one they were previously clinging to,” she explained.
The latest viral clip comes years after an audio emerged of a male operator saying “Yanny” or “Laurel,” leaving everyone around the world baffled.
Reddit user, Roland Camry, shared the video, which went viral because people struggled to understand how some hear “yanny” while others hear “laurel” and some people even hear “yanny” first and then “laurel” or vice versa which is even more mind-boggling.
“I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar,” one person responded to Roland’s post, while another wrote, “ARE YOU SERIOUS. It’s yanny to me.
‘How does it sound to you!? Is it some sort of high-pitched squeaking sound?’ she asked.
Others pointed to the ways they believed the auditory illusion occurred
Some fans compared the situation to previews of viral illusions, such as 2015’s The Dress and the 2017 Yanny vs Laurel debate
When asked by the woman if laurel has a high note, someone replied, “No.
“Slightly deep sounding actually, sounds like standard male voice text-to-speech.”
‘Yep. That’s all I hear,’ another man agreed. “Deep announcer types text-to-speech voice and says laurel.”
The science behind it! How it’s possible to switch between ‘Barbie’ and ‘f**k’
While some listeners struggle to hear both words, many successfully pick up “barbie” and then “f**k.”
Professor Valerie Hazan of University College London told the Huffington Post in 2019 that the reason behind the success of these audio tricks is that our minds can “cling” to a second perceived acoustic pattern.
She said: ‘The reason a person can see their perception change without explanation could also mean that our ears and brains have clung to the different acoustic pattern from the one they were previously clinging to.’
It’s been previously confirmed that the audio actually says Barbie.
Meanwhile, another person was seriously confused as they heard both.
“I heard Yanny in a high voice the first half of the very first time I played it, but I’ve heard laurel ever since. Foreign…’
“I heard Yanny for 10-15 minutes, then someone else asked and they said bay leaf.
“After listening for a while longer, I sometimes heard a high yanny or a low laurel. Real black magic,’ someone admitted about their interpretation.
Another user had a similar experience when he heard both words and admitted, “First I heard yanny and then I listened to laurel enough to hear laurel.”
“Then there was a period where it sounded like someone said yanny and someone else said laurel at the same time. But now all I hear is laurel. Black Magic fuckery.’
One person suggested playing with the bass frequencies to see if the word people hear would change and even gave instructions.
“Turn the volume up and down to hear each version. It has to do with the fact that the bass frequencies are not perceived as loud at lower volumes,’ advised the user.
“If you turn the volume down really low, there’s practically no bass and you hear yanny. Turn up the volume and play it on some speakers that have a real bass response – not your phone – and you’ll hear bay laurel.
‘Of course this also depends on individual physiology and what you expect to hear. I assume they combined the high frequencies of yanny with the lower frequencies of laurel with some overlap.
“The two words are phonetically similar enough for this to work, but your brain can’t handle both at the same time, so it picks one and that’s the version you hear,” they continued.