A few years ago the internet blew up with What color is this dress? White and gold or blue and black?
Now the question is What do you hear? “Yanny” or “laurel”?
Apparently it depends on what frequencies you hear best.
Personally, I hear “laurel.” Distinctly. Unmistakably.
But on The Talk this afternoon, they played it at different frequencies. At the higher frequency (imagine The Chipmunks) I still heard “laurel.” But at the lower, deeper frequency, I heard “yanny.” On the other hand, some sources say it’s just the opposite, and that people who hear the higher frequencies, usually younger people, hear “yanny.” Whatever, in the original recording, I hear “laurel.”
I tried to find a really short video playing the two sounds, but most were several minutes long. Here’s one of many:
(On general principles I hurriedly dismissed the ones where a girl kept saying “verse” instead of “versus.”)
If you prefer to read the entire explanation, see “The True Story of ‘Yanny’ and ‘Laurel'” on Wired.
POSTSCRIPT: The New York Times has published a slider/tool that lets you hear both words.