White House Chimes in on 'Laurel or Yanny' Debate

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But there are also plenty of White House staffs who only hear Yanny, including strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp. Celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were also talking about it.

The audio became viral after being shared on Reddit on Sunday by a user named Roland Camry. It's one thing when two people hear different sounds but now the same person can hear both, depending on what they're thinking about. The clip was recorded from a vocabulary website playing through the speakers on a computer.

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The video, diving into the phonic craze, represented a rarity for the Trump White House, a jokey parody perhaps targeted at social media that did not delve deeply into anything overtly political.

Theories range form the way our hearing changes we age, to people's brains being primed by seeing the written word first, to accent variation between British and American listeners influencing what they pick up. "It's not a very high quality and that in itself allows there to be some ambiguity already".

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"Laurel" debate that's baffled the internet this week is dead. "All I hear is Yanny", Sanders replies. What does this mean? Some hear the clip as "laurel", while others hear it as "yanny". If you hear "Yanny" you're picking up on the higher frequency.

There are actual reasons why an individual might hear either word. "When the low frequencies are more emphasized, people will hear "Laurel", Crum said.

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