Do you hear what I hear?
That’s the question a short audio clip has sparked on social media. People are debating 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.
The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that 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
But New Age musician Yanni was in the Yanny camp.
I only hear Yanni 😉 hahaha https://t.co/WrMMVvl8iX
— Yanni (@Yanni) May 15, 2018
The debate even reached Washington, with Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives weighing in.
Some people speculated the age of the listener might determine what people heard, while others changed the pitch to alter results.
The Yanny/Laurel thing is just a pitch variance that will change depending on your device and your age (if able to discern certain sounds)… let’s get back to better debates, like how people who put ketchup on hotdogs are psychopaths
— Jake Ciely (@allinkid) May 16, 2018
As for the dress, some people said it was white and gold while others saw blue and black.