"Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel," Ellen DeGeneres says.
Three years ago, a white and gold and/or black and blue dress divided Twitter, but now two simple words have ignited a national disagreement. Is it yanny or laurel?!
The debate hasn't sucked in just you and your friends, though, as Hollywood stars have become fully immersed in the discussion since the audio clip in question started going viral on Tuesday afternoon when YouTuber Cloe Feldman asked her followers to weigh in. Like most things on the internet, however, it appears the debate started on Reddit earlier this week.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
According to the Redditor that introduced this audible oddity to the world, the recording comes from the Vocabulary.com listing for "laurel," which is defined as "a wreath worn on the head, usually as a symbol of victory."
So there you have it...it is laurel. But why do some people hear yanny?
The New York Times spoke to Dr. Jody Kreiman -- a principal investigator at the voice perception laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles -- who explained that "the acoustic patterns for the utterance are midway between those for the two words."
"The energy concentrations for Ya are similar to those for La," the scientist said. "N is similar to R; I is close to L."
That is why some users on Twitter realized that when you change the pitch of the audio file, you will be able to hear different words.
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
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But honestly, who cares about science. We hear what we want to hear these days, and there were plenty of famous ears that heard yanny and wanted the world to know, while others don't understand how it could be anything but laurel. See the reactions from Hollywood below.
It’s Yanny.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 16, 2018
Yanny!!!— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) May 16, 2018
This is really weird. How is anyone hearing Laurel? Is this a trick thing like the blue and gold dress? https://t.co/jr3k0oJIiI
How do people even hear Laurel??! This is blue dress/gold dress all over again.— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) May 16, 2018
It’s Yanny you deaf fucks— Nicholas Hamilton (@Nic_Hamilton) May 16, 2018
It’s YANNY— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) May 16, 2018
I truly do not understand where Laurel comes from. I only hear Yanny. This is not a bit, I am so confused https://t.co/1rdGD3r5cZ— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) May 15, 2018
Down with Laurel, Thanos is Team Yanny pic.twitter.com/Zx9y4ztr8B— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) 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
it's so clearly laurel. I can't even figure out how one would hear yanny.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018
THE FUCK IS GOING ON ITS SO BLATANTLY LAUREL AND TRUMP IS SO EVIL AND THE DRESS WAS ACTUALLY BLACK AND BLUE LIKE NOT AN OPINION LIKE IT WASSSSS BLACK AND BLUE. AND TRUMP IS ACTUALLY DUMB, LIKE, THESE ARE FACTS WHY ARE WE DISCUSSING LIKE ITS NOT OK I NEED TO SLEEP NOW GOOD DAY SIR— Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) May 16, 2018
We’re team Laurel all the way. https://t.co/uTPBwB3X9C— How To Get Away ABC (@HowToGetAwayABC) May 15, 2018
UPDATE: My wife also hears 'Yanny'. So that's both my wives, on screen & off, who are nuts.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 16, 2018
It's LAUREL, ffs. https://t.co/BWJbjXoBBZ
5:30 - Yanny 9:30- Laurel What...is...happening?— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 16, 2018
I 100% hear two different voices: a higher-pitched “Yanny” and a lower-pitched “Laurel”. You? https://t.co/NZDb0xv81I— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2018
I heard Yanny all day and now I’m hearing Laurel on the same device and I can’t hear Yanny anymore. I guess I’ll just go fuck myself.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 16, 2018
If you wanted to know whether I hear Yanny or Laurel here's your answer. 😎☕️ pic.twitter.com/xnrIby2kmd— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) May 15, 2018
More Reactions That Made Us LOL
My GPS keeps telling me to turn left on Yanny Canyon pic.twitter.com/ttaR1wVpYI— DAVID DOBRIK (@DavidDobrik) May 16, 2018
Me after hearing both pic.twitter.com/bJOHV7OJ3A— woke and tired™️ (@briyaass) May 15, 2018
bisexual culture is hearing both laurel and yanny— SHANE DAY ! (@marianastrensch) May 16, 2018
We’ve renamed the dogs Laurel and Yanny pic.twitter.com/1usnDV14sQ— Maura Judkis (@MauraJudkis) May 16, 2018
Life’s too short to sit on your yanny and rest on your laurels— Esmerelda Fitzmonster (@hayleyghoover) May 16, 2018
call me by your yanny— Tyler Conroy🎶 (@tyvid5) May 16, 2018
guys help me out, does this dress say yanny or laurel pic.twitter.com/Tl2lfZKYBS— Alex Zalben (@azalben) May 15, 2018