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Yanny or Laurel? The internet's still not tired of the debate

Who knew that someone could post a video of a robot saying a single word and suddenly the world would go nuts? As the Yanny vs. Laurel debate spills over into another day, people keep posting their opinions on Twitter.

Some are angry, while others are more thoughtful, but pretty much all of them are funny. A lot like the famous dress that divided the world over whether it was blue and black or white and gold, the short Yanny vs. Laurel audio clip has gone wildly viral, with the entire internet arguing over what’s said.

Even though we now know the origin of the famous clip, the debate rages on. In this video, we aimed to get to the science behind it and breaks down why people might hear one or the other:

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There’s even a tool posted by the New York Times that lets you listen to the original audio through different filters so you can hear both.

Whatever you hear, all you need to do is jump on Twitter to see some of the hilarious reactions. Even celebrities, politicians, sports teams and brands are chiming in with what they hear. While scientists debate over why we’re all hearing different things from the same audio clip, check out how the rest of the internet is weighing in.

it’s so clearly laurel. I can’t even figure out how one would hear yanny.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 15, 2018

Some brands also showed up to weigh in, but some were more inclined to answer than others:

100% of people who hear Yanny like pineapple on their pizza.

— DiGiorno (@DiGiorno) May 16, 2018

I can’t tell if it’s Yanny or Laurel bc I refuse to turn up my volume for any reason

— MoonPie (@MoonPie) May 15, 2018

Sports teams also got in on the fun:

Even Sesame Street joined in:

Me no hear #Laurel or #Yanny.

Me hear cookies crunching. Oh wait. Dat me…


— Cookie Monster (@MeCookieMonster) May 16, 2018

But some of the best comedy (and judgments) came from Twitter users like you and me:

Nine months from now: “Oh you had twins, what are their names?” “Yanny and Laurel.”

“You named both your kids Laurel?”#Yanny #Laurel #TeamLaurel

— Shad Powers (@shad_powers) May 16, 2018

I’m thoroughly convinced that anyone who heard #Laurel is part of a conspiracy trying to make us think we’re all crazy

— Ash (@ashleyv1228) May 16, 2018

I hear #Yanny and I am sticking to it. I think people just say they hear #Laurel to stir the pot!

— Rye The News Guy(TM) (@RyeTheNewsGuy) May 16, 2018

I truly believe there is strength and joy in diversity and also everyone hearing ‘Yanny’ is an evolutionary affront to God. #laurel

— Emily Andras (@emtothea) May 16, 2018

It’s official. Anyone who hears “yanny” needs to make an appointment with a psychiatrist, ASAP
#Laurel #Yanny

— puppymonkeybaby (@apzanolli) May 16, 2018

OK I hear #Yanny and I’ll fight anyone who hears #Laurel.

Ya’ll liars and I hope you get soap in your eyes every time you shower.

— Celina (@CeliBunneh) May 16, 2018

My new soundcloud rapper name will be lil’ Yanny. Me: when i say yanny, you say yanny

— Chris Ramsay (@chrisramsay52) May 17, 2018

Me, talking to my gf: Hey Laurel, I’ve missed you babe
Laurel: Who’s Yanny!?

— Mdu (@Mdudu_zi) May 17, 2018

Then, of course, are the people who want nothing to do with the whole Yanny vs. Laurel debate now that everyone is talking about it.

We get it internet hipsters, you’re too cool to take part in the fun:

It’s not Laurel or Yanny, it’s “please stop talking so I can enjoy this root beer float in peace.”

— A&W Restaurants (@awrestaurants) May 17, 2018

Good morning to everyone except the person that made the yanny/laurel video

— Fructose baba (@PersianThotThot) May 17, 2018

Just gonna go ahead and start kicking people out of the pool if I hear the words “laurel” or “yanny”

— Lifeguard Probs (@WhiteNoseProbs) May 17, 2018

Just so you know, even after all the debate, I can hear both Yanny and Laurel depending on which word I’m focusing on.

Who knows what that means, but that’s where I stand on what is clearly the most pressing issue of our time.

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