"Yanny-Laurel" Debate Dividing Internet is Taken to Laurel, Delaware

"Yanny-Laurel" Debate Dividing Internet is Taken to Laurel, Delaware

How can some people hear "Yanny" and others the completely different-sounding "Laurel"? "Yanny or Laurel?" She said she heard Yanny.

The seconds-long soundbite has provoked intense discussion on social media as well as in offices and living rooms across continents, as people adamantly insist that their version is indeed what the synthetic voice is saying. On Twitter, Feldman uploaded the file and asked her followers "What do you hear?". Some of the variation may also be due to the audio device playing the sound.

Similarly, younger ears may pick out "Yanny" and have no clue how anyone can hear "Laurel". The Laurel advantage is apparent in Canada as well.

The debate has drawn in celebrities, with author Stephen King and singer Ryan Adams joining the "Yanny" camp, while model Chrissy Teigan and presenter Ellen DeGeneres vote "Laurel".

But what if two people are both listening through the same speaker and hear different things?


It was three years ago when netizens lost their mind after a controversial "gold/blue dress" surfaced on the Internet. That, or some people have impeccable hearing.

So what do you hear?

Several researchers agreed that the audio recording is just too ambiguous.

One Twitter user proved this by adjusting the bass levels of the original recording.

In the comment section of where the post first appeared on Reddit, someone explained that the difference in audio perception has to do with bass frequencies. What could alter what you hear are your headphones or audio equipment. Mediocre speakers don't usually play both quality bass and treble. Well, your ears just might be different. You might actually hear sounds differently than the person next to you.

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