Yanny or laurel? The audio sample that's perplexing Twitter users


Some people heard "Yanny". We will update this post as we hear more (the auditory neuroscientists are mulling it over).

Some people think the word is "Yanny", while others hear "Laurel".

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The "Yanny or Laurel" question has already provoked thousands of responses on Twitter and Reddit, but maybe some local context will help settle it once and for all.

I, however, continue to hear "Laurel".

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If the unusual, robotic voice was saying names of Quebec births, it would nearly certainly be saying "Laurel".

Any while most listeners were divided on if they heard "Yanny" or "Laurel", some people said they heard both after multiple listens.

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Either way, it's pretty insane that the person sitting beside you might be hearing something completely different than you hear! "Yanny" can clearly be heard when the pitch is lowered, and "Laurel" can be heard when the pitch is raised. However, your brain can't handle both at once, so it picks one and that is the version you hear.