'Yanny' or 'Laurel': The recording that is splitting the internet in half


I don't mean to panic you, but the Yanny or Laurel debate is arguably the biggest thing sincethat black and blue dress that broke the internet.

However, for those people that hear "Yanny", Laurel residents have a message for them - you're probably not from Laurel.

The clip, posted on Twitter on Tuesday has been retweeted more than 70,000 times, and had received more than 300,000 comments. "I thought these days were gone". That's right. Twitter can't decide if they're hearing "Yanny" or "Laurel" in an audio clip, and it's definitely about to cause a ton of outrage in your group texts. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said he'd like "to declare something that is just so obvious: It is laurel and not yanny".

"When you say the word "yanny" and "laurel", the waveform looks very similar for the first band of energy resonance. Depends on what you focus on more".

Another commenter also heard "luo rou" (escargot) and "ya mi" (charades) - more the former - and explained: "If you imagine it to sound thicker, you'll hear luo rou".

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"But in this case we have an isolated sound with no context", forcing people to rely on a variety of other factors such as voices they've listened to recently. On the other hand, a frustrated Twitter user tweeted, "what do y'all hear I am going insane?"

Our brain plays tricks on us and our expectations, our past experiences with certain words play a major part in whether we hear "Yanny" or "Laurel".

Meanwhile, some people are coming up with a possible explanation of why someone hears a particular word.

But we also have a theory that both words are being said at once in different frequencies. NY Times has made a tool for us so we can hear both Yanny and Laurel. What is it that you hear?

The clip was originally posted on Reddit in a subreddit called r/blackmagicf-ckery (we know, we laughed too) by user Roland Camry.