Remember ‘The Dress’ debate which went viral in 2015? Some saw a black and blue colour combination while others saw white and gold in a photograph of a dress. Both sides stuck to their views until science stepped in and explained why different folks viewed the same dress differently.
Now, the internet has once again been vehemently divided, thanks to a viral audio clip. It was first posted on Reddit, after which it took a life of its own on Twitter.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
So, are you team Yanny or team Laurel? Some even say they can hear both after a point of time.
Yo i hear both switchin back and forth. What does this mean???? Am i the chosen one??? #yannyorlaurel
— Maddison Westcott (@Maddison2036) May 16, 2018
Once again, it is up to science to explain the phenomenon. Why can people hear the same audio clip and hear two words which are nowhere close to being similar?
The Verge spoke to Lars Riecke, an assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University and the secret, it turns out, lies in the frequency: “The acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel… Older adults tend to start losing their hearing at the higher frequency ranges,” Riecke said.
This explains why young people said they heard Yanny while those of a certain age proclaimed the clip voted for Laurel.
As with everything that goes viral – from the serious to the inane – people made jokes about it. Take a look at a few hilarious tweets about the great Yanny vs Laurel debate.
IF YOU DON’T HEAR YANNY, YOU’RE NOT A HUMAN BEING AND YOU WILL SOON BE EXPOSED FOR BEING PART OF THE LAUREL CONSPIRACY! #yannyorlaurel pic.twitter.com/riDB0VRB1u
— MIKE KRAMER (@BlexClex) May 16, 2018
My wife and I have made it through the first two weeks of our son’s life without really fighting despite the constant exhaustion. #yannyorlaurel may be the single biggest test of our relationship yet though. I don’t care what she says, it’s yanny https://t.co/a70iN9TwUF
— Matt (@Leggomyezzo) May 16, 2018
I heard “Satan will rise, death is imminent” idk what you guys are hearing #yannyorlaurel
— td (@mangomuskrat) May 16, 2018
Me trying to hear Yanny and only hearing Laurel. Definitely Laurel#yannyvslaurel pic.twitter.com/ILCvRLViVc
— Dave Talkington (@SirTalkaton) May 16, 2018
Which one do you hear? #yannyvslaurel pic.twitter.com/sgg0OR54VK
— Jon Brooks (@jonbrooks1021) May 16, 2018
Even celebs weighed in.
I can hear it as both Yanny and Laurel and I don’t understand people who can’t.
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) May 16, 2018
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
@JohnMayer is the kind of guy that you expect to have a lighthearted convo with but ends up talking about music theory and philosophy for hours instead #yannyorlaurel pic.twitter.com/zcLENt1Crp
— Bekah Finley (@rebekah_loo) May 16, 2018
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