The Water Cooler – Yanny or Laurel? Which One Do You Hear?

May 17, 2018 12:00 pm · 45 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

What do you hear when you listen to the audio in the video shown below? Yanny or Laurel?

Talk about it….

Sophia May 17, 2018 at 12:08 PM

I hear Yanny

Kentucky Derby May 17, 2018 at 12:11 PM


Law Dog May 17, 2018 at 12:13 PM


L May 17, 2018 at 12:20 PM

I hear yanny

Dwag May 17, 2018 at 12:21 PM

It’s Laurel and it has nothing to do with your ears, it has everything to do with your brain. In layman’s terms, sound waves travel through the ear canal and the brain unscrambles them.

RunnerDope May 17, 2018 at 12:47 PM

Dawg, you can’t even spell your own name. 🙂

Dawg May 17, 2018 at 3:12 PM

My dyslexia is showing.

MVP May 17, 2018 at 6:32 PM

@RunnerDope-great comment lol

Me May 17, 2018 at 12:23 PM

I hear Laurel. But I can almost catch the Y at the beginning. I just can not hear any “N’s” in it at all.

Couch Tomato May 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM

I hear “Laurel”. Here’s a tool to help you hear either one:

That's a fact Jack May 18, 2018 at 9:08 PM

Cool! Thank you

Chicken Little May 17, 2018 at 12:26 PM


Roz May 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM

On this video today I heard Yanny, but on a phone yesterday I heard both.

Mel May 17, 2018 at 12:41 PM

I can hear either depending on what medium I’m hearing it through.
For example over the radio i hear “Laurel”
through the PC I hear “Yanny”

RunnerDope May 17, 2018 at 12:48 PM


94521 May 17, 2018 at 12:49 PM

Laurel. If you hear it through really crappy speakers, it can sound like “Yennel”.

Citizen May 17, 2018 at 12:53 PM


The Mamba May 17, 2018 at 12:53 PM

In that segment, I heard both. Weird.

Jojo Potato May 17, 2018 at 12:54 PM

I hear the internet making a lot of money from all these clicks. I can remember… Oh never mind!

Nature Lover May 17, 2018 at 12:58 PM


Wage Slave May 17, 2018 at 1:10 PM

It’s basically a hearing range test. If you have good high frequency hearing (and the speakers reproduce it well), you hear yanny. If you have degraded high frequency perception, and/or a speaker that produces more low frequencies, you hear laurel.

It’s a modified sound file of a pronoinciation guide for the word “laurel,” so laurel is “correct,” but it’s more of a perception thing than an either/or thing.

polarbearmarket May 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM


Silva May 17, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Yesterday on the TV I heard Yanni, and on the computer I clearly hear Laurel.

Dorothy May 17, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Do I care? Nope, non issue for me.

woody May 17, 2018 at 1:47 PM

On the radio I heard Laurel and later on Television I heard Yanni.
I’m guessing it has to do with frequencies be produced and perceived.

J. May 17, 2018 at 1:49 PM


Derb May 17, 2018 at 1:59 PM


Atticus Thraxx May 17, 2018 at 2:34 PM

It looks yellow to me. 🙂

biggus thinkus May 17, 2018 at 3:50 PM

thats because ice cream has no bones!

Ricardoh May 17, 2018 at 2:39 PM

Have we really come down to this?

Kentucky Derby May 17, 2018 at 2:44 PM

According to the experts, it’s whether not not you can still hear high frequencies. Younger people are more likely to hear Yanny and older people Laurel. I’m older, and I hear Yanny. I don’t have any hearing loss.

Ricardoh May 17, 2018 at 4:31 PM

This is a rediculus subject for theory’s. To shut dow your theory I am almost deaf and old and I also hear Yanny..

RunnerDope May 17, 2018 at 5:36 PM

Me, too. What was the question again?

Pablo Neruda May 17, 2018 at 3:08 PM


Pony May 17, 2018 at 4:35 PM

This is like what colour do you see. I really don’t care if it Yanny or Laurel or Lenny

Anonx May 17, 2018 at 4:52 PM

On my phone I hear Gary but on iPad I hear

Lambie May 17, 2018 at 4:59 PM

Here are our votes 4 Yanny & 2 Laurel

RunnerDope May 17, 2018 at 5:37 PM


Quick-Brown-Fox May 17, 2018 at 6:05 PM

I heard “blarneysmitchx”

GoGo Gomez May 17, 2018 at 8:48 PM

I hear both.

Anonymous Claycordian May 17, 2018 at 8:56 PM

I heard both. It seems like the words are both said at the same time at different pitches, so depending on what you usually hear (as the video said) your answer would differ.

Sophia May 18, 2018 at 6:53 AM

wait now i can switch to both

Sophi May 18, 2018 at 6:55 AM

I can switch to both now

R May 18, 2018 at 3:38 PM

All day Wednesday, I heard only yanny. Yesterday I heard only laurel.

Jess May 19, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Definitely depends on where you hear it. Over my phone and over multiple podcasts and radio, I hear Laurel. This youtube video is the ONLY place I’ve heard Yanni.

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