Which do you hear: Yanny or Laurel?
NEW YORK — Do you hear what I hear?
That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny" or "laurel." How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people heard. She said she heard Laurel.
Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel. https://t.co/efWRw1Gj0L— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 15, 2018
Of course, New Age musician Yanni was in the Yanny camp.
I only hear Yanni ;) hahaha https://t.co/WrMMVvl8iX— Yanni (@Yanni) May 15, 2018
Some people speculated the age of the listener might determine what people heard, while others changed the pitch to alter results.
As for the dress, some people said it was white and gold while others saw blue and black.
Other responses from social media have been quite interesting.
Did @realDonaldTrump collude with Putin, the Koch brothers, foxnews, Hitler, the Jews and #Russianhackers to make America "not so great", by knowingly dividing us in to #Yanny and #Laurel camps?! RELEASE THE MEMOS! It is clearly Yanni.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 16, 2018
Good morning! Remember that neither Laurel nor Yanny can fill the hole in your heart and that we all die alone. Happy Wednesday!— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) May 16, 2018
It's Yanny.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 16, 2018
it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
5:30 - Yanny 9:30- Laurel What...is...happening?— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 16, 2018
Now, before you lose your mind too much, Doug has an explanation that's quite interesting.