Just when we were rebuilding broken friendships from The Dress debate in 2014, comes Yanny and Laurel—the audio that tore the internet apart in 2018. In early May, a simple audio became a viral sensation raising many doubts: was the voice saying "Yanny" or "Laurel"?
Science even chimed in, explaining that the reason people heard different things it's because of frequency. "The acoustic information that makes us hear Yanny is a higher frequency than the acoustic information that makes us hear Laurel," reported The Verge.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
After almost two weeks of intense battling, the mystery is solved. To get to the bottom of this, many news sources tracked down the person behind the clip, including NBC. His name is Jay Aubrey Jones, a 64-year-old Broadway and TV actor from New York.
Shocked that his clip, which was recorded over a decade ago for Vocabulary.com, went viral he said: "Oddly enough I had not recognized my own voice when I heard it on television. I'm completely and utterly floored by this, I'm really amused...every so often I'm laughing. You can imagine my shock ... I'm still having trouble processing this. I'm now learning the total and utter power that the internet has, that it has gone worldwide so quickly."
With that said, Jones also revealed that what he actually said in the audio was LAUREL and NOT Yanny. Shocker huh?
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