Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

'I hear covfefe:' White House weighs in on Yanny vs. Laurel debate

'I hear covfefe:' White House weighs in on Yanny vs. Laurel debate

The White House tally was posted on an Instagram and Twitter video.

Just like the dress that surfaced online in 2013, which gave wind to the debate whether it's gold and white or blue and black, the two seemingly unrelated words "Yanny" and "Laurel" have been buzzing the internet lately.

Professor Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology, at Oxford, said he could only hear "laurel" and it could be because of his age. Yanny and Laurel, the big meme that everyone was talking about on Wednesday, is now a thing of the past.

When the pitch is turned down 30% you'll hear Yanny, when it is increased 30% you'll clearly hear Laurel.

Here is a brief summery: For starters, what you hear depends on which frequencies your brain emphasizes.


So if you're hearing Laurel, you're likely picking up on the lower frequency.

The clip opens with White House adviser - and first daughter - Ivanka Trump declaring the word is "so obviously Laurel", followed by many others who agree with her.

"Who's Yanny?" Vice President Pence asks.

Now, the White House wants to be in on the debate. "If you're not picking up on those higher frequencies then it sounds more like Laurel".

"Clearly you're getting your information from CNN because that's fake news - all I hear is Yanny", Sanders deadpans. "All I hear is Yanny", responded Sarah Sanders.

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