You might recall the infamous internet debate about “The Dress” and how no one could figure out whether the garment was black and blue or white and gold. Well, we hope you’re ready for a new viral sensation, because a heated discussion is forming over a popular question posed on Twitter. And this time, it’s not focused on visuals — it’s all about the audio.
It began after Twitter user @CloeCouture posted an audio clip on her page with a simple caption: “What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel.” Just a day after it was published, it racked up thousands of listens and hundreds of comments, with people fighting over which sound was the real one coming from their computers and mobile devices. Click the play button below in the center of the image to find out which one you hear.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
Once you hear the “right” name, it might be tempting for you to wonder how anybody else could possibly be hearing the other name, aka the “wrong” one. But ask the people closest to you to listen to it and give their opinions, and you might be surprised by the variety of responses you get.
As it happens with all these viral arguments, the comment section of the original tweet is definitely an entertaining prelude of what you can expect from people hearing the recording for the first time.
One user wrote, “This says Laurel, 100 percent. I can’t even understand how that could be mistaken as Yanny.”
Another responded, “In no way shape or form does that say Laurel.”
Some reported hearing one name first and then hearing the other name after listening to it again, but most stuck to their original answers. Meanwhile, a few other folks tried to make sense of all the confusion.
One commenter suggested, “Has to do with bass frequencies. Hear it super low you get Yanny, hear it loud on some speakers you get Laurel.”
Have fun playing this game with your friends and family — just don’t expect everyone to agree!