What do you hear? 'Yanny' vs 'Laurel' dividing the internet

16 May, 2018, 11:31 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Laurel or Yanny? This audio clip is driving the internet crazy

A four-second audio clip has triggered a huge divide on the internet.

But what word? This is what has driven the internet apart, with some people reporting to hear "Yanny", and others "Laurel".

A recording of a robot has sparked a debate on social media with people divided over whether they hear the word "Yanny" or "Laurel". A majority of people claim to hear one or the other, while some insist they can hear both. If you play the recording on a high volume, ideally over speakers, you're more likely to hear the voice say "Laurel". "They are saying they hear "yanny" because they want attention...." another chimed in. You might actually hear different sounds than the person next to you.

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We made a decision to poll our Twitter audience to figure out what it hears.

Personally, I am hearing Laurel in the above tweet. Ashley Barrentine wrote, "I hear Yanny but my dad and boyfriend hear Laurel I'm shook". When the bass is turned up, the lower-pitched "Laurel" becomes more prominent. The audio illusion drew comparisons to the great dress debate of 2015.

Much like the debate about whether people saw a black and blue or white and gold dress, everyone hears something different in the audio track.

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