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The internet is divided over Yanny vs. Laurel

Remember the dress that divided a nation? You know the one. Was it white and gold or black and blue? The internet couldn’t agree.

Well now we have another online debate and it might be even more mind-blowing than the color-changing dress.

This time it is a sound clip that has gone viral over a divide in what the listener hears. Some people hear “Yanny,” while others hear “Laurel.” And everyone is arguing over it.

Have a listen:

So which is it?

Let’s put it to a poll.


It’s amazing how two people can hear completely two different things. I heard Laurel and can’t imagine how anyone can hear Yanny.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

52 responses to “The internet is divided over Yanny vs. Laurel”

  1. Cokely53

    I first heard it as a weird old guy saying yanny and now I can only hear a different guy saying laurel

    1. gobble gobble

      Yep. They’re definitely being said simultaneously. The ‘yanny’ is a higher/louder voice, while ‘laurel’ is being spoken with a deeper/lower voice. try to concentrate on the word you don’t hear initially… you’ll be able to hear both at the same time.

  2. oruacat2

    It changes based upon the settings (pitch, tone/vibrato?) of whatever website/source you’re using.

    1. oruacat2

      …meant to include “/device” in that list.

    2. Irwin R. Fletcher

      This. Exactly this.

  3. wyatts1

    I’m hearing Larry lol so I guess it’s time for a new phone

  4. Suffering Fools

    Yanny in the left ear, Laurel in the right ear.


    Yanny, clear as a bell

    1. Cousins Fake Tooth

      If Yanny starts with a L, and ends with an L, you’re correct.

  6. Cats4lyfe

    One son hear Laurel. The other hears Yanny. I hear Laurel and in no way hear Yanny. What is this madness?

    1. meeksfor3

      It’s of the devil Bobby.

  7. shelby

    All i could hear was a nose whistle.

    1. CATandMONKEY


    2. RealCatsFan

      LMAO! Drew missed an oportunity here. He could have slipped in the creepy Ryan laugh that they use for the KSR App notification.

  8. Parker_UKFanNC

    I don’t hear an L sound at all or anything close

  9. thatCat

    Well it says yammy not yanny so everyone is wrong.

    1. KentuckyFan232

      Um no

    2. thatCat

      You wrong fool. Yammy yams all day

    3. UKJon in Knoxville

      That is exactly what I hear. I clearly here m’s more than I hear n’s.

    4. thatCat

      See Knoxville gets it

  10. UKBlue1982

    Yanny. Fight me, Drew

  11. bigbluebanana

    It’s just a difference in pitch. When pitch is lowered, it clearly says Yanny. When pitch is elevated, it clearly says Laurel. Just depends on your inner ear. Still super cool though.

  12. UKfaninTX



    I heard Laurel then I took a shower and got ready for bed and now all I can hear is Yanny

  14. runningunnin.454

    Hush Hush, I thought I heard her call my name
    Hush Hush

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Nah na na na nah, na na nah na na nah. . . .

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


  15. (Aixelsyd)0505

    I hear both

  16. (Aixelsyd)0505

    Yanny and laurel

  17. KYcats11


  18. Harlanian

    Yanny, but I’m deaf in my right ear, it could also pass for, Jelly

  19. ibescootch

    I listened on my phone and very clearly heard Yanny, then on my laptop and very clearly heard Laurel.

  20. ukbradstith

    I at first heard Yanny, read some comments and was able to hear both. Now I can’t hear Yanny at all. It’s like that voice disappeared and honestly its driving me mad.

    1. Booby Petrino

      yeah I heard Yanny the first time now all I hear is Laurel and can’t hear Yanny even trying.

  21. TBW3011

    Both are said. Yanny is much clearer though. I had to try and hear Laurel.

  22. Kat4Life


  23. Randall lee

    Drew if your gay that’s ok.

    1. Booby Petrino


    2. bigbluebanana

      What about his gay?

    3. UK Big Board Update

      Randall visited at 5:56 AM to say that.

      Lets all guess what shitty third shift job Randall has….

  24. BallDontLie


  25. napoli1

    What are we doing?! I thought this was a Kentucky sports site? Sick of seeing posts about anything but.

    1. catsarerunnin

      In that case it’s Hami…Hami…Hami…

    2. Graczyk

      Then don’t look at it

  26. huck

    I got up in the middle of the night and heard yanny and nothing else at all. Today Laurel, again not hearing anything else.

  27. Ranch


  28. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    I hear Yanny here and I heard Laurel on KSR today when Matt and them were debating it. My daughter hears Laurel here.

  29. wesmorgan1

    Both are present – what you hear depends largely on the volume/balance/quality of bass sound for the device you’re using.

    Tried it with a typical PC’s built-in speaker – heard ‘yanny’…but when I plugged in my Bose speakers (with subwoofer), it was ‘laurel’.

  30. JWB

    This is insane. My 16 year old daughter and I sitting side by side listening to the same device. She hears yanny, and I hear Laurel….crazy

  31. JD

    I hear both now. Clearly at the same time.

  32. youbluemeaway

    OK Peeps Yanny is one octave higher and starts a few tenths of a second before Laurel. Both are there Laurel becomes more dominate because it is the lower octave. The lower the sound they bigger the sound wave. You are welcome!