Laurel or Yanny? Audio has internet in a spin

Tanya Cunningham
May 18, 2018

"Yanny or Laurel" When the video played, some people heard "Laurel" while others clearly heard "Yanny". Now, it's Yanny or Laurel, and the internet is firmly taking sides... for the most part.

"I asked my friends in my class and we all heard mixed things", Hetzel told Wired. Some of the variation may also be due to the audio device playing the sound. What is the voice saying - is it Yanny or is it Laurel? The Laurel advantage is apparent in Canada as well. But Chrissy Teigen, who initially joined the debate on Twitter, and even got her parents involved, quickly led the charge to end the internet madness.


Three years ago, a picture of a dress circulated far and wide after people couldn't agree on whether it was white and gold or black and blue. Theories range from the way our hearing changes as we age, to people's brains being primed by seeing the written word first, . Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified, CNET reports. As the bass is adjusted, the word seems to shift.

What do you hear? What could alter what you hear are your headphones or audio equipment.

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