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Yanny or Laurel? Celebrities Debate

This is crazy!
May 17, 2018

Much like the dress debate, the Yanny or Laurel question is very confusing, and really creepy! A sound clip was shared on social media yesterday, and we can’t tell whether they’re saying “Laurel” or “Yanny”. It has become a viral trend, and even celebrities are shook by this sound confusion.

Here is what our favorite stars have to say about this crazy trend:

Chrissy Teigen said “it’s so clearly laurel. I can’t even figure out how one would hear yanny.” However, for Mindy Kaling, it’s definitely “yanny”.

According to experts, it’s all about the frequencies. Brad Story from the University of Arizona's Speech Acoustics and Physiology Lab says “I'm pretty sure the original recording was 'laurel'. The reason it can be confused is that there is a family of frequencies produced by the shape of our throat and mouth."

We’re still a little bit confused, but who cares? Thanks to the wonders of physics a new trend has come to life!

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