Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

White House, Trump weigh in on 'Laurel' versus 'Yanny' debate

White House, Trump weigh in on 'Laurel' versus 'Yanny' debate

The clip was posted a few days ago, and now hundreds of thousands of people are engaged in a debate over what they hear.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway concur, Conway adding that she "could deflect and divert to Yanny if you need me to".

The U.S. Air Force apologised on Thursday and withdrew a tweet that sought to find humour in killing Taliban militants in Afghanistan by invoking a viral Internet debate about whether an audio file says the words "Laurel" or "Yanny".

"Clearly you're getting your information from CNN because that's fake news", Sanders said to the cameraman, who said it was "reported that you hear Laurel".

Unless you live under an internet-less rock, you've probably been asked the question sometime this week: yanny or laurel?

It's Laurel but I could deflect and divert to Yanny if you need me to' Kellyanne Conway says with a smirk in the clip
It's Laurel but I could deflect and divert to Yanny if you need me to' Kellyanne Conway says with a smirk in the clip

Since the video clip floating around the 'net shows the names "Laurel" and "Yanny," the brain knows that it only has those two options to choose from.

Even Mike Pence joined the fun, robotically turning to the camera and asking, "Who's Yanny?".

"All I hear is the call of death's warm embrace", wrote Kate Aronoff, a reporter for the left-leaning In These Times. Higher frequency sounds in the recording make people hear "Yanny", whereas lower frequencies cause others to hear "Laurel".

"How many of y'all will still be working there in nine months?"asked one person".

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