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On an internet where a dress can be four colors and every meme has infinite lives, it’s no surprise that a debate over nonsense words “Yanny” and “Laurel” is the latest threat to divide us.

On Tuesday, social media influencer and vlogger Cloe Feldman posed the following question on Twitter and Instagram: “What do you hear? Yanny or Laurel.” The internet then lost its damn mind in a fight over which word the computerized voice is saying (although it’s definitely “Laurel”).

Select All reported that the Instagram poll also ended up on Reddit, but whatever its origins, the audio clip has already inspired memes, prompted workplace debates, and brought forth theories about why some people insist they hear “Yanny” while others will die by “Laurel.”

One Redditor’s theory is that the word you hear depends on the amount of bass you hear in the device you’re listening on, Select All reported. This has to do with something called the equal-loudness contour.

“If you turn the volume very low, there will be practically no bass and you will hear Yanny,” user juuular writes. “Turn the volume up and play it on some speakers that have actual bass response (aka not your phone) and you will hear Laurel.”

Some people have generously manipulated the audio to change what word you’ll hear.

The whole debate is a reminder that the internet is an amazing place. Where else can you switch “Yanny” or “Laurel” teams—even just for a moment?

H/T Select All

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.

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