Still arguing over Yanny and Laurel? Here's what your favourite celebs hear

Sergio Cunningham
May 17, 2018

On China's Twitter equivalent Weibo, internet users are scratching their heads over what's really being said in a clip known to some as the audio version of The Dress. Says yanny and laurel at the same time. Although if you adjust the frequency you can hear "Laurel", although that wasn't the case for us.

And yes, also what the actual word is.

You can hear it for yourself here. "Yanny or Laurel", accompanied by a recording of a computerized voice, now what it is saying, we will leave it up to you to decide, because this recording has stirred a debate across the internet. On Tuesday, popular YouTuber and social media influencer, Cloe Feldman posted a story on her Instagram, which she later posted on Twitter as well, "What do you hear?" And yet, the internet has exploded with theories "about why we hear what we hear, and also comparing this to that blue dress/gold dress thing from a few years ago".

"When there is more energy towards the mid and higher frequencies, people tend to hear "Yanny". NY Times has made a tool for us so we can hear both Yanny and Laurel. "When the low frequencies are more emphasised, people will hear "Laurel", Crum said.

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However, if you definitively want to know what the word is, it's "Laurel".


A BuzzFeed video tracked down the person who posted the clip on Reddit, and later traced it back to a entry for "Laurel", confirming the intended word. But even if you hear Yanny you are not wrong. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that everything at her show stopped to see what people heard.

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".

If the whole sentence would have been provided then the whole enigma would have died down.

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