This 'Yanny Vs. Laurel' Audio Clip Is The New 'Dress' Debate & Everyone Is Freaking Out

yanny or laurel debate
PHOTO: ROLANDCAMRY / REDDIT, EMOJIISLAND.COM

Who knew a creepy robot voice repeating a single word could send such waves through the internet? Like that fateful day back in February 2015, when THE DRESS took the world by storm, a new culprit is splitting the internet in half. This time, it's an audio clip.

The words "yanny" and "laurel" are seemingly unrelated, right? Right. But when people listen to this audio clip, they hear one or the other — OR BOTH. It's basically black magic and it's creeping us TF out.

At first, I heard the word "yanny" clear as day. About an hour later, I could only hear "laurel." SEND HELP. Others are saying they hear different words depending on how they listen — speakers vs. headphones, sped up vs. slowed down, etc.

It's currently splitting Twitter up into two parties: Team Yanny vs. Team Laurel. And neither one is budging.

But before the debate reached the Twitterverse, it was making waves on Reddit — the originator of most viral sensations. RolandCamry posted the clip a few days ago under the subreddit "black magic f**kery," and we can't think of a better category for this nonsense.

Reddit Screenshot
RolandCamry / Reddit

One user tried to make sense of it all with this theory about bass frequencies. It sort of makes sense, but most people are still sticking to their guns.

Reddit Screenshot
RolandCamry / Reddit

And Twitter user, Steve Pomeroy, did the Lord's work and posted the different frequencies for you to listen to. When the pitch is down 20-30%, you can clearly hear "yanny." When it's up, you can clearly hear "laurel." And if you cannot, you are a maniac with broken ears.

Ok. But what on earth does it really say? Drumroll, please....

It says Laurel, you maniac.
Image: Vocabulary.com

Sorry, #TeamYanny, it does in fact say "laurel." The original poster who provided us this voice that will haunt our nightmares, a.k.a. RolandCamry, says he got the audio clip from vocabulary.com — FROM A PRONUNCIATION FOR THE WORD "LAUREL." Go ahead, click it for yourself.

But even RolandCamry can't figure out where the "yanny" voice comes from. Aliens? Robots taking over? The dress coming back to haunt us in audio form? "I don’t know what’s going on either," he wrote. "It is black magic."

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CHRISTINA BUFF

Christina is a writer, editor, creator, and workaholic from Maryland with an encyclopedic knowledge of How I Met Your Mother. She’d rather be at a Phish show. Catch up with her on her site Touch Infinity.

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