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Yanny or Laurel: What do you hear?

Folks on Twitter are arguing over this sound clip. Do you hear Laurel or Yanni?
Folks on Twitter are arguing over this sound clip. Do you hear Laurel or Yanni?
Published May 16, 2018

The next great internet debate is upon us, but this one requires your ears instead of your eyes.

Do you hear Laurel or Yanni?

That's the defining question for the internet today as a four-second Twitter post went viral, attracting the attention of people such as Ellen DeGeneres, Yanni and Chrissy Tiegen.

What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel

The computer-generated sound clip, which emerged late Monday night, has people vehemently defending what they're hearing. Some are explaining that the difference is due to the quality of the recording, the speakers, and even the age of the listener. Over the next few days there's sure to be experts weighing in on the debate but for now, the audio argument will rage on.

It's the biggest online debate since the blue dress vs. the gold dress.

Here is some of the chatter on Twitter.

Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel.

I only hear Yanni ;) hahaha

it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.

Okay, I know I'm jumping on this #Laurel vs. #Yanny debate, but my sister just told me she hears #Yanny & I am freaking out

- So, please for my sanity, RT for #Laurel & Like for #Yanny

The Yanny vs Laurel audio clip has me SHOOK. At first all I heard was Yanny, then I could hear either Yanny or Laurel if I trained my ears right, and now all I can hear is Laurel.