Three years ago, the internet melted down over the color of a dress. Now an audio file has friends, family members and office mates questioning one another’s hearing, and their own. Is the robot voice saying “Yanny” or “Laurel”?
The clip picked up steam after a debate erupted on Reddit this week, and it has since been circulated widely on social media.
One Reddit user said: “I hear Laurel and everyone is a liar.”
“They are saying they hear ‘Yanny’ because they want attention,” a tweet read.
Others claimed they heard one word for a while, then the other — or even both simultaneously.
It didn’t take long for the auditory illusion to be referred to as “black magic.” And more than one person online yearned for that simpler time in 2015, when no one could decide whether the mother of the bride wore white and gold or blue and black.