If you are happy and you know it f**k with me!


This is a wonderful auditory illusion sent to me by Chris Lawrence….. once you think the doll is saying ‘If you are happy and you know it f**k with me’, you cannot hear it any other way…..

However, try playing it to someone without this expectation and post what they hear……



66 comments on “If you are happy and you know it f**k with me!

  1. Roz says:

    “Bop”… I think…

  2. Miko says:

    Obviously supposed to be “bark,” but sounds more like “buck” to me.

    • Navneeth says:

      Yes, the same. No effect on me, Dr. Richard. Especially the second and third times when the line is repeated the ‘B’ sound is quite apparent.

  3. Todio says:

    My wife clearly heard “If you’re happy and you know it, bark with me.” in a British accent. Frankly, I did too. This should be tossed in the same illusion trash bin as the ‘aroused minister’ from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and various other similar urban legends. People with smut on the brain will find smut everywhere and are the most stringent in calling it out (but personally, I think they are all a bunch of hypocrites who must have something ‘in the closet’)


    • Anonymous says:

      Lol calm down there!

    • ButMadNNW says:

      “Good teenagers, take off your clothes” in Aladdin, too. *heavy eyeroll*

      I agree with your other points – what does it say about the people who “find” these things in movies, that they’re the ones who found them? Obsessed/repressed much?

  4. Hilary says:

    I heard bop with the first line but heard the anticipated word after that. I played it for my son without his knowing what it should be, and he listened to the full thing and suddenly heard f**k at the end.

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  6. Mark_D says:

    Nah, I can’t help but hear “bark”. Maybe I have an innocent mind… though I can’t see any dolphins in that other illusion.

  7. mikesblog says:

    Funny! Can’t hear anything else now but the f word.

  8. Barmonger says:

    Seems a bit contrived to me, the English accent makes it quite clear that she sings ‘bark’ and considering the freakishly weird accents I’ve come upon, I’ve seen worse.
    Not the best ‘illusion’.

  9. LilithOnTop says:

    bark,obviously! (I m just playing smart here,if you haven t told us beforehand that it does NOT say f**k…, I wouldn t even have guessed!)

  10. elevenses says:

    first thought it’s “bark” with me since the dog have said so and still not sure is it “clap” or not.

  11. Dave w says:

    I have this with songs sometimes, when I accidentally mishear something or listen while tired, and whatever rubbish I imagine sticks forever.

    Like the very end of The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up,’ which I can only hear as a robot repeating “Jewish” over and over again.

    • GeneralJumbo says:

      I get this with the Prodigy’s “Invaders Must Die”, where I hear “Salad Bowl” repeated over and over.

  12. nanda says:

    These days he is posting some nude/bad stuff. I guess he is doing OK

  13. Paul Pearson says:

    My wife heard “.. bark with me.” Needless to say, I heard it a little differently.

  14. Travis says:

    As an American rather unfamiliar with the British accent, it was hard to hear any audible words to complete the phrase. In addition, listening for the expected phrase (in this case, “clap your hands”) threw me off too. After playing the video a couple of times, I was able to deduce that the dog-like creature was saying “bark with me”, and when I then read the text description, I “heard” the fucked-up version (pun completely intended).

  15. daisydingdong says:

    My 10 year old overheard me playing it and immediately asked why I was listening to a song with swearing in!!!

  16. Sounds like bark to me, even if I have been primed to hear otherwise.

  17. Paul Durrant says:

    Take a look at the McGurk effect demonstrated in this BBC video. The visual information overrides the auditory information.

    The side-by-side talking heads section is a really good demo.

    • Emlyn says:

      The best part of that video is the comments – half of them say they can obviously tell the difference by looking at his mouth – the effect is so good that they don’t realise it is the exact same sound…

    • namowal says:

      I thought of the McGurk effect too.

  18. 46blyz says:

    I’d venture a guess that the majority that hear a vulgar word have a British accent themselves, and those without are more likely to hear “bark”.

  19. florayG says:

    Sounded like ‘bok’ to me, very clearly. So I didn’t hear the rude version but also it took me a while to realise it was supposed to be ‘bark’. These toys are so naf aren’t they?

  20. David Mathew says:

    Well, I’m English and I speak with a Home Counties accent (Bedfordshire) and I heard the F word, even if it was pretty obvious in the context that it should have been ‘bark’. Because it’s a puppy!

  21. Berber Anna says:

    It’s not really working for me. If I concentrate on hearing ‘F**k’ I do hear it, but when I don’t, I just hear ‘bark’.

  22. Jim T says:

    I just hear it as bark. I can hear the other way if I want to, but I’m not convinced that’s what it’s really saying.

  23. moopet says:

    I have no sound on this computer. But I tell you one thing, reading the comments is how I found out that was supposed to be a dog. That’s the big illusion, I think. It looks like a Power Ranger or something.

  24. ButMadNNW says:

    I can’t hear anything other than “bark”. These “illusions” and puzzles are getting sadder and sadder…

  25. T9sus4 says:

    Another #fail here, I’m afraid: it’s “bock”, “buck”, or even “bark”.

  26. Tom Ruffles says:

    Definitely ‘bark’. On the other hand after someone said it, I cannot hear Jimi Hendrix sing anything other than “Scuse me while I kiss this guy” on Purple Haze.

  27. .sfw says:

    Definitely “fok”.

  28. JohnF says:

    For each time the suspect word came along, I heard “fuck, bark, fuck” respectively. Sounds like quite a good night to me.

  29. stickinsect says:

    This is similar to the McGurk effect:

    Instead of hearing what we see, here we hear what we expect to hear.

  30. Kristian says:

    I found the first bark sounding like the illusion.
    The rest of the time I heard bark.

    Then I saw that McGurk effect video, and now, when picturing a V-sound (biting the lower lip) instead of a B-sound (lips meeting), I can hear the illusion through all the barks.

    Very interesting, specially the McGurk vision/hearing stuff.

  31. Ste Motson says:

    I was viewing this video when, from the other side of the room the good lady (who’s never heard it before) said, “Did that just say ‘fuck'”? What’s even better is that I said the ‘F’ word on Wiseman’s site. Great!

  32. jim says:

    Reminds me of the toy mouse that sings ‘pedophile’

  33. Heather S. says:

    Sounds like “butt” to me. Couldn’t they have found a child voice actor that could pronounce “bark” correctly?

  34. Daniel says:

    As a non-native speaker I would say: clearly ‚bark‘. I guess for me it comes more from the context. Anyway, this McGurk stuff was pretty impressive … check out the comments on the video on youtube 😉

  35. Bjørnar says:

    I heard ‘f**k’ the first time, but bark the second and third.

    • Vern says:

      Most likely because the barking sound effect reoriented your mind to what the phrase was meant to be about.

  36. Lisa says:

    I’m an American and I heard “bark” . I suspect that when we listen to accents that aren’t our own, we are more forgiving of things sounding a bit off— I’m not entirely sure how strong an R sound should be in this accent so I probably used the context more to figure out the word.

  37. mickeyd says:

    Of course first I heard f**k but second time I heard “bark”…

  38. Ken says:

    I head ‘f**k’ at first, then ‘bark’ on the repeats (English not American speaker).

    Incidentally, a misheard lyric is called a ‘mondegreen’ as in the poem:
    “They hae slain the Earl o’Moray and laid him on the green” which Sylvia Wright misheard as “…and Lady Mondegreen”

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  40. Paul Murray says:

    It sounds like “bark” done in a cockney accent.

  41. Andrew says:

    I completely disagree, I tried, quite honestly, still sounds like bark.

    The McGurk illusion, now, that actually is something.

  42. The other Matt says:

    Hey people, check your Loudspeakaers ! Or go and see the ear specialist….

    Another misunderstandings between different languages:

  43. lifes says:

    Because we were told we would hear *uck that is what I heard at first but when I cleared my mind of that could only hear bark.

  44. Paul says:

    For a good auditory illusion listen to the Beastie Boys Intergalactic and to the chorus “Another dimension, another dimension, another dimension…” etc. Once I’ve put the words “I’m havin a big sh*t, I’m havin a big sh*t…” in your head you’ll never hear anything else! 🙂

  45. Jon d says:

    I’m getting fuck, bark,fuck.
    But it’s down to familiarity with the frankly fucked up, or rather ‘fakt ap’ way people talk in the English south east. Wouldn’t been a problem if they’d hired a northener to record the voice.

    Jus sayin 🙂

    • Mot says:

      Living in North-East England, I can tell you that if they wanted to hire a northerner to record the voice, they’d have plenty of applicants – thanks to the new government!

  46. Flavio says:

    It’s “bark” with a heavy British accent 😉

    • Mot says:

      What is a ‘heavy British accent’? Never heard any British person saying ‘bark’ in this manner.

    • Flavio says:

      I’m not British but to it sounds a lot like “buh-k” than how an American would pronounce it.

    • Mot says:

      I am English (North-East) and we would pronounce it as “bah-rk”. Though someone from the midlands would pronounce it slightly differently than somebody living elsewhere

  47. Mon says:

    Yeah, I heard the word fuck three times, it’s crazy man.

  48. soro says:

    Not seeing the video, someone answered “If you are happy and you know it bump your feet!”
    After reading the post, I heard something similar to “If you are happy and you know it f**k with me!”, but seeing the dog (I guess), I believe it’s “If you are happy and you know it bark with me!”.

  49. Michael Carradus says:

    This reminds me a lot of the “ba” “fa” illusion. If you hear someone say “ba” but their lips mouth”fa”, then your mind ALWAYS hears “fa”.

  50. Rikki says:

    My long run in legal guidelines!!! They come up with a cute pair do not they?!?!?

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