In a small group experiment at The Buffalo News, most heard "Laurel", while only one staffer heard "Yanny".
The internet was seemingly split Tuesday when a circulating audio clip asked listeners to choose: Do they hear "Yanny?".
The picture depicted a seemingly-colour changing dress - some people saw it as white and gold, while others saw it as blue and black.
Adding that visual cues may influence the hearing, McDermott said, "You would have noticed it had both the names appearing on the screen with no other context or information". Soon everyone from regular Joes to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (Ellen thought it was Laurel, but Watt was Team Yanny).
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And for an actual explanation about why people are hearing two completely different things so clearly, go here.
In a weird clip posted to Twitter, a spoken word plays on repeat and apparently not everyone can agree on what that word is. He also recorded himself saying "Yanny" and "Laurel", for comparison. If you turn the volume up and increase the bass, you'll probably hear "Laurel". "Yanny or Laurel." The internet then lost its damn mind in a fight over which word the computerized voice is saying (although it's definitely "Laurel").
"HOW DOES ANYONE HEAR LAUREL ITS YANNY", Twitter user zaynilla added. Feldman took to Twitter with the audio clip saying, "What do you hear?!".
If the unusual, robotic voice was saying names of Quebec births, it would nearly certainly be saying "Laurel".