This silent pylon gif is trying Irish people insane. Is the silent pylon skipping making a sound or not?
A GIF has caused a stir on social media, with nearly 70% of people claiming that they can ‘hear’ it, despite the fact that it has no audio. The silent gif of skipping pylons is once again doing the rounds as people claim they can for sure here a beating.
The GIF, originally created by @Iamhappytoast in 2017, shows silent electricity pylons playing skipping rope from a scene in the 2008 BBC comedy show “The Wrong Door.” The silent pylon video has been going viral since.
Silent pylon gif - Can you hear this silent pylon skipping video?
Sixty-seven percent of the 315,000 people who voted in a Twitter poll claimed that they could hear a thudding sound as the pylon continuously hit the ground, leading people to draw their own conclusion about the bizarre phenomenon.
Several Twitter users assert that it is your heartbeat that you hear when the pylon hits the ground and that the GIF operates in tandem with the beating of a heart. However, that doesn’t quite add up as the GIF has a far lower beats per minute rate than the average heartbeat.
Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? pic.twitter.com/mcT22Lzfkp— Lisa DeBruine ️ (@LisaDeBruine) December 2, 2017
It's because your brain associates the objects in the image with absolutely massive scale, and when you see something massive fall, the muscles in your ear pre-emptively tense slightly to protect them from the oncoming crashing sound. You hear the muscles shudder.— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) December 4, 2017
Far more likely is the explanation that the combination of the jump, landing, and shake caused by such a heavy object causes the brain to imagine the noise from the impact.
This theory seems to be supported by the original GIF of the pylons, which does not include the shake upon impact.
It’s a brain game. We’re hardwired to get information in a certain way. Your eyes see the movement, the jump, the landing, and the shake. Your brain tells you it should make noise and fills in the gaps for you.— Damon Parker (@DamonParker1) December 4, 2017
The ground shake was added to the GIF, which gives viewers the illusion that there are hearing or feeling reverberations as the pylon hits the ground.
Can you ‘hear’ the silent pylon gif? Let us know in the comments section, below.