White House Chimes in on 'Laurel or Yanny' Debate

Sheila Mcguire
May 18, 2018

Ivanka Trump is the first to appear on screen, listening to the quick audio clip before declaring "It's so clearly Laurel".

If not a short audio clip has been trending online that asks people what word they hear, Yanny or Laurel.

The White House twitter account posted a video Thursday night of staffers' two cents, with President Trump himself making an appearance.

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A video featuring US President Donald Trump and White House staff received millions of views when it was posted to Twitter today. Sarah Huckerbee Sanders implies the answer is probably whatever CNN says it isn't.

But the internet did not rest on its yannys (or laurels. depending.) when it comes to media which plays tricks on the mind.

Thanks to the team from ASAPScience who unpack the perplexing audio clip and explain in detail why some of us hear "Yanny" and some of us hear "Laurel". Sara, it's been reported you hear Laurel. If you hear "Yanny" you're picking up on the higher frequency.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders drops a "fake news" retort in the video.

Comparing this with the dress, a user wrote, "so is this dress yanny or laurel".

But by reading the words beforehand you are primed to hear one or the other.

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Conway joked that while the sound she heard was "laurel", she could "deflect and divert to yanny" if needed.

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