Yanny Or Laurel? Audio Clip Divides Internet

May 16, 2018 - 9:13 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Do you hear what I hear?

That's the question as a short audio clip has sparked a social media debate about whether the word is "yanny'' or "laurel.'' How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago.

The debate began on Reddit and expanded throughout social media. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted everything at her show stopped to see what people heard. She said she heard Laurel. But New Age musician Yanni was in the Yanny camp.

Some people speculated the age of the listener might determine what people heard, while others changed the pitch to alter results.

A doctor at the voice perception lab at UCLA tells the New York Times it's actually about acoustic patterns.

As for the dress, some people said it was white and gold while others saw blue and black.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)