You certainly remember The Dress from and the viral internet debate regarding what color it really was. This year it's a silent animated gif showing three electrical pylons playing jump rope — the odd thing is that many people can hear it. Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? She asked her followers what, if anything, they hear when the watch the gif. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, since the whole thing has gone viral.
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So what’s going on here?
A whimsical animation that shows a transmission tower jumping rope is making people scratch their heads and question their ears. Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? Many people swear they can hear a thudding sound when the tower lands; some even feel their body shake. The GIF was created almost 10 years ago by a British artist who prefers to be identified only as HappyToast , but it recently went viral when it was tweeted by a scientist based in Scotland. Things that usually happen simultaneously get linked in your brain — a heavy object falling and the sound of a loud thud, for example. The other component is that your brain creates its own reality as it interprets things, Haseltine said. The very back of your brain responds to visual information, while the auditory cortex in your temporal lobe responds to sounds. In the case of this GIF, you only have the visual information.
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Way back in , in an obscure web forum called b3ta, a user calling himself HappyToast created a posted a GIF that later shook the internet. It's an animation of a group of pylons playing jump rope with their wires. But that's not what's remarkable about it. It's floated around the internet through various forms. And now, nine years later, a cropped version of it went viral when it was posted on Twitter. On Twitter, HappyToast posted a version of the original image from the show, which doesn't have a shake. Most people don't seem to experience hearing a "thudding" sound while looking at it. And if you crop out the pylons themselves and just look at the ground, the sound still seems to be there. Scientists aren't entirely sure what causes some humans to hear a sound.
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