Some people can hear this GIF


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Look…and people say the power grid is old and decrepit.


I have the sensation of sound and imagine I hear a nice big boom when it lands but I’m also aware that the ‘sound’ is imaginary. Does that mean I hear it or what?


This is picture I can hear.


I’m not hearing anything, but there’s a low boom in my chest when the tower hits the ground. Which is weird, because it’s instantaneous with the thing landing, and I’m guessing that tower is ~1000’ away, so it should be delayed be a second!


I hear a low short burst of white noise, as if a whole bunch of objects are shaking together every time that Eiffel tower hits the ground, like distant rattling crockery. It’s in my head. Oh the voices. The voices…

[Edit] I just realized the tower is about 300 to 600 meter away from the viewport. This means that there’s a good chance that the sound should not be synchronous with the visuals. But in my head they are. Ergo: there’s a good change that I’m imagining things.


Try opening image in a new tab - I think it is more effective against a black background.


Is that Puerto Rico? Is that why they’re still having power problems?


I hear/feel a low-frequency thud.

BTW, the original animator is not happy with the attention this GIF is receiving, because most places featuring the GIF are not properly attributing him:


i don’t hear anything, but i can feel a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.


Updated the post! Thank you!


I’m getting the same kind of deal. I blame the drugs.


Is that Donald Trump getting cut loose by his Russian handlers, and falling on his ass?


This was circulating a while back.


Oh my! On this one I can actually hear ♪♫ We will… We will… Rock you! ♫♪




Now I hear it too!


You know Natasha, some days you eat Moose, some days Moose eat you.


That effect is very interesting. If a band is about a football field away and you watch someone crash the symbols, you see and hear it at the same time, even though they are about .3 seconds apart - easily long enough for you to detect that they are separate. Up to a certain distance, you brain synchs the audio for you, but past some point you notice the separation.

I think some of us are more aware of the distinction between sensory input and the processing of that input than others. I’m with you. I experience what I would likely experience if I were hearing the sound, but I know I’m not hearing it. I wouldn’t be surprised if some other person basically has the same parts of their brain doing the same kind of thing while watching the gif, but they would say they “hear” it.


I can tell the reason I seem to “hear” it is because of the bit where the image appears to shake: when my eyes see the image appear to vibrate upon impact, my inner ear (which handles vibration & balance inputs) goes completely haywire-- it assumes that the shaking my eyes see is also a vibration I can feel via my ears, which then leads to my brain thinking it hears it, too!

tl;dr: apparent visual input–>apparent vibratory/balance input–>apparent auditory input