Forget Yanny or Laurel – brainstorm or green needle will really fry your head

Have you ever had an argument with a partner, who has accused you of selective hearing, or perhaps just hearing what you want to? Well, remarkably, they may have had a point.

While the ‘Yanny or Laurel’ audio illusion has split opinion across the web in the last week, an even creepier clip has surfaced for everyone to debate over the weekend.

Using a fragment of 2014 YouTube toy review, listeners are asked to decide whether they hear the words ‘brainstorm’ or ‘green needle’.

What’ll really fry your noodle is you’re likely to hear one or the other depending on which you’re focusing on at the time.

If you want to break your brain completely, listen out for ‘green storm’ and/or ‘brain needle’ and see what happens.

You can even go back and forth between the various combinations choosing what you want to hear each time.

The Yanny or Laurel illusion, which split the public almost 50/50, was largely explained by the frequencies of the two audio clips

“People who are more attuned to the high frequencies are picking up on things that make it sound more like Yanny. If you’re not picking up on those higher frequencies then it sounds more like Laurel,” linguist Ben Zimmer told CBS News this week.

However, we’ve heard no logical explanation for this latest clip; other than the fact maybe our wives and husbands were right all along. Maybe sometimes we do just hear what we want to?

We’re not sure it’s going to fly when we attempt to justify why we’ve been in the pub for 12 hours during the World Cup, but it might be worth a shot. Just a couple? Or 12 pints? You decide.

Have you seen a logical explanation for this latest viral hit? Chat us up @TrustedReviews on Twitter.