Some people hear a noise when they watch this gif, and everyone is freaking out about it
Wtf it’s making me feel sick
Everyone on Twitter is freaking out about this gif which makes a "thumping" sound for some people.
The new viral gif is of a pylon, jumping in between two others. And as the camera shakes, some people are reporting to hear a vibration in their heads, even though the gif is silent.
Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? pic.twitter.com/mcT22Lzfkp
— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@lisadebruine) December 2, 2017
The tweet has since had nearly 10k retweets, 19k likes and has reached hundreds of thousands of people.
Over 58,000 people voted in a poll, where 55% of the people said they heard a thudding sound, while a minority don't hear anything.
Some have reported to hear a 'boing' too.
What do you experience when you watch this gif?
— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@lisadebruine) December 3, 2017
An explanation for hearing a sound in this gif, is that it may trigger an acoustic reflex, which is usually triggered by speech or loud noises.
According to the creator of the gif, the thump is entirely in the shake, as if you crop the pylons out, you can still hear it.
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
And once you hear it, you can't un-hear it. Argh, someone help, my head is spinning.
Me too, but now I can't unhear it.
— Trash Gordon (@lomotrashgordon) December 3, 2017