Remember the picture of a dress that tore the internet in two? Some people thought that it was blue whereas other thought that it was gold. That dress divided people and led to a lot of debate about who among us was right or wrong.
And now, it seems like we have a new challenger in this department. An audio snippet is circulating around Twitter and it threatens to reignite the same controversy as that dress did.
The Audio Clip
A high school student shared this audio clip that contains two syllables over Reddit recently. The clip was quickly shared on Twitter and went viral in no time. It has become something of a collective sensory experiment.
Before we proceed any further, put your speakers or headphones on and hear it for yourself:
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
So what did you hear? Did you hear the clip say Yanny? Or was it Laurel? Why not listen to it a few more times just to be sure.
Origins of the Clip
The clip was first recorded by Roland Szabo, an 18-year-old high schooler from Georgia, USA. He says that he recorded it from a vocabulary website and didn’t know that it could go on to become the next big social media obsession.
He first played it in front of his friends and teachers, with all of them finding hard to agree whether the clip said ‘Yanny or ‘Laurel’.
The clip became so famous that many celebrities shared it as well. Even newspapers are running online polls asking their readers to identify what word they heard in the clip.
The clip has spawned all sorts of hilarious reactions that poke fun at the opposing camp. Here are some of them:
people who think it’s laurel:
• are correct
people who think it’s yanny:
• eat pizza with a fork and knife
• don’t use turn signals
• ask for snapchat streaks
• film fights vertically on their phones
• didn’t understand infinity war’s ending
— chris melberger (@chrismelberger) May 15, 2018
I really like the Yanny/Laurel debate because it reminds me of the fights we used to have on Twitter before we started regularly arguing over who counts as human.
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) May 17, 2018
— Peneℓope💜 Fake Love 5/18 (@dailyunnie) May 17, 2018
LATEST: Home Office deports British citizen for hearing ‘Yanny’ instead of ‘Laurel’.
— Stephen McGann (@StephenMcGann) May 17, 2018
I muted “Laurel”; and “Yanny” disappeared from my timeline.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 17, 2018
Some person who knows about audio science joins the words Yanny and Laurel—two words that can exist in their own reasonably separate frequency ranges—and the internet goes philosophical about the human experience and perception of reality.
— Jerrold Tarog (@JerroldTarog) May 17, 2018
And then of course, all roads lead to #TheDress that started it all.
Forget Yanny or Laurel. Did we ever decide whether this dress was black and blue or white and gold??? pic.twitter.com/jh9wO1OwFE
— Blaxican (@Jacti0nJ) May 17, 2018
So what do you think?