What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
The social media world is freaking out over an audio clip that has sparked a debate about whether an automated voice is repeating “yanny” or “laurel.”
Even several well-known personalities chimed in to declare what they believed the voice in the clip was saying. Supermodel and social media personality Chrissy Teigen, broadcaster Stephen Fry, and YouTuber Logan Paul were all on team “laurel.”
it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
BRUH 1 MORE PERSON TELL ME IT’S YANNY I DARE U pic.twitter.com/ei32CcHRU1— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) May 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Toronto councillor Norm Kelly was a fervid “yanny” supporter and told all of the “laurel” folks to clean their ears out.
If you hear Laurel, clean your ears out.— Norm Kelly (@norm) May 16, 2018
Associate editor of New York Magazine, Madison Malone Kircher, took the debate to new heights by posting the ominous statement that “You either die a Yanny or live long enough to see yourself become a Laurel.”
You either die a Yanny or live long enough to see yourself become a Laurel.— Madison Malone Kircher (@4evrmalone) May 15, 2018
Twitter user Dylan Bennett came in to save the day, explaining that the difference in what listeners hear depends on how their ears respond to high and low frequencies.
Okay, you're not crazy. If you can hear high freqs, you probably hear "yanny", but you *might* hear "laurel". If you can't hear high freqs, you probably hear laurel. Here's what it sounds like without high/low freqs. RT so we can avoid the whole dress situation. #yanny #laurel ?? pic.twitter.com/RN71WGyHwe— Dylan Bennett (@MBoffin) May 16, 2018
His explanatory tweet received more than 11,000 retweets and over 17,000 likes.
However, even with Bennett's help, some people still were unable to hear the intended "yanny" and "laurel" distinctions.
Laurel is the weird deep alien voice, Yanny is the robot woman who inhaled helium— Dark_802🎭 (@I_D_802) May 16, 2018
I heard dairy and Jerry lol— casey aaron johnson (@snoozit) May 16, 2018
I heard “gigli” on the one that’s supposed to be “yanny” isolated. I have yet to hear yanny anywhere. When it’s both I only hear laurel— Amy (@LilacAmy11) May 16, 2018
same!!! i can’t hear yanny whatsoever. that’s so crazy to me— Allison Crane (@allison_c19) May 16, 2018
Leave it to the internet to find a way to use a 4-second audio clip to make people question everything they've ever known to be true about themselves and their hearing.
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