We all love Gifs. There are so many of them that we see all over the internet every day. They are mostly funny but there has been one going around lately that people are losing their mind over and claiming they can hear it!
As we all know, Gifs are short animations that are silent. You can hear NO sound when you’re watching them. But the one we are talking about (bellow), a lot of people keep posting the gif with the caption “Why can I hear this?”, or “Can anyone else hear this Gif?”. Just watch the gif below and you will see what we are talking about.
WHY CAN I HEAR THIS GIF 😭 pic.twitter.com/8UifgPBk56
— Best Tweet (@BestTwlt) April 17, 2017
Can you hear it too? Don’t worry, it’s not just you!!
This gif was created by the user Happy Toast. It resurfaced the Internet again after a scientist put out an appeal for help understanding why people hear a noise when watching it.
Dr Lisa Debruine, a researcher at the University of Glasgow, posted a poll on her Twitter to see how many people can also hear this gif. 75% of the people said that they could hear a thudding noise. 4% have said that they could hear “Something else”.
Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? pic.twitter.com/mcT22Lzfkp
— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@lisadebruine) December 2, 2017
Some say that they wonder if the reason why they can hear this gif is because the caption of it implies that you should.
Me too, but now I can't unhear it.
— Trash Gordon (@lomotrashgordon) December 3, 2017
Other people online have said that the gif may be especially good at producing this phenomenon because of the camera shake. It adds to the illusion that if it’s so big it’s causing the ground to shake and “produces” sound. So Happy Toast added a video with the pylons cropped out of the video and only the ground showing. Watch it below:
The thump is almost entirely in the shake, if you crop out the pylons themselves you can still hear it. They just give it height. pic.twitter.com/3LZK1g24yZ
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) December 4, 2017
Some people’s comments said it is because of the same timing with the beat of your heart:
It’s because it’s generally the same timing as your heartbeat so it’s your heartbeat in your ears
— rosie ✨ (@rosiesanatomy) December 5, 2017
It's synchronized to the average heart beat, so that's what you're sensing
— Drew Hewitt (@theamazingdrewH) December 5, 2017
We’d love to hear what you think! Did you hear the gif just like everyone else did?