The White House is also distracted by Yanny/Laurel social media storm

Tonya Becker
May 18, 2018

In a cheeky clip posted on Twitter, White House staff argued over Yanny and Laurel.

While most people who listen to the "Laurel or Yanny" audio will only hear one of the words, people are hearing both on the "brainstorm or green needle" test.

"It's laurel, but I could deflect and divert to yanny if you need me too", Conway said.

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


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

In the clip, staffers are seen listening to the viral recording from Reddit where listeners were asked which sound they heard.

But by reading the words beforehand you are primed to hear one or the other. On Thursday night he retweeted the White House video.

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


Even Mike Pence joined the fun, robotically turning to the camera and asking, "Who's Yanny?"

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets told that there are reports that say she hears Laurel.

"Clearly you are getting your information from CNN because that's fake news".

Regarding the "Yanny" vs. "Laurel" debate, CBS News reported Twitter data shows 47 percent of people hear "Yanny", and 53 percent hear "Laurel".


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