Yanny Or Laurel Is The New Trend That Is Dividing The Internet

Atmaj Vyas

A little while back, it was a colour changing dress that had people up in arms. It became so that it was considered international news. It’s almost like the silliest and most random things have the possibility of going viral or becoming major trends. One such new trend that started at some point last night was an audio clip. This audio clip with two words, Yanny or Laurel, that are far apart, are basically sending the internet into a meltdown.

~Michael is the only one in the office who hears Laurel~

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On Tuesday, Cloe Feldman, a social media influencer and vlogger, posted a seemingly obvious question on her Instagram story, which she then cross-posted to Twitter: “What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel,” accompanied by a recording of a computerised voice. It’s this very voice that is setting the internet on fire.

Which is right though? #twinpeaks #twinpeaksmemes #yanny #laurel

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The internet is divided by many hearing Laurel and many more hearing the word Yanny. The internet in all its glory has wasted no time in making this a top trending thing and memes of this are already popping up all over. Many people have tried to understand what would cause an ostensibly logical person to hear something like this differently. While there are many theories, it apparently boils down to the frequency. According to a theory posted on Reddit, what you hear depends on the amount of bass that’s being produced from the device you’re listening on.

That being said, when has the internet ever been content with an answer? We asked around in office too and many people heard Yanny and some heard it as Laurel. Some even claimed that at first they heard Yanny but now they hear Laurel. Maybe it is indeed all about the bass on the device? Or maybe it’s one of those mysteries we should just burry and forget about?

What did you hear? Let us know in the comments below.

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