Forget about image illusions: a new audio clip is setting the internet alight.
An audio clip uploaded by vlogger Cloe Feldman, posted on her Instagram story and cross-posted to Twitter: "What do you hear!?!" with options for "Laurel" or "Yanny".
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
The audio clip features a computerized voice saying a word that most identify as "Laurel", but a small and passionate bunch are sticking with "Yanny" (and some able to hear both).
To the people who say Laurel... umm, what?! There is no "L" or "R" sound?! Whaaaaaat?? My brain hurts from even trying to process that as Laurel.— Kalel 🐱 (@KalelKitten) May 16, 2018
it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
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
LAURELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 16, 2018
It's Laurel. Clearly it's Laurel.— Mithzan/Max (@Mithzan) May 16, 2018
Singer Jordan Fisher concisely explains that it's both, thanks to the way our ears pick up frequencies.
OKAY HI SCIENCE. It's both. Wow.— Jordan Fisher (@Jordan_Fisher) May 16, 2018
Our ears hear and assign frequencies a little differently than the next person. We love individuality.
Try to split the voice between the clicks into two. The higher pitch is saying Yanny and the lower is saying Laurel. Goodnight. https://t.co/Sm9QXcauNX
Twitter user Earth Vessel Quotes even demonstrates the effect when adjusting the clip on a sound editing app.
you can hear both when you adjust the bass levels: pic.twitter.com/22boppUJS1— Earth Vessel Quotes (@earthvessquotes) May 15, 2018
But, as the internet is wont to do, people have settled nicely onto their respective sides, and they're not letting this go — mostly for the potential jokes.
I will not be shamed for hearing Laurel.— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) May 16, 2018
I'm a good person.
I did not come here for drama.
I heard "laurel" then I heard "yanny" then I heard "Look at me Damian it's all for you"— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) May 16, 2018
Yanny/Laurel 2020— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) May 16, 2018
Teacher: Laurel, is there a Laurel here?— Patrick Dougall (@PatrickADougall) May 16, 2018
Student: It's actually Yanny...
What do you think?
Laurel or Yanny?— MTV Asia (@mtvasia) May 16, 2018