Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak are on opposite sites of the viral Yanny/Laurel war.
The best friends and Office costars weighed in on the great Internet debate in a text conversation that Kaling, 38, posted on her Instagram Stories.
“Hey. We’ve had a long friendship. You mean a lot to me. But if you don’t hear Yanny, it’s over,” she wrote.
“Obviously Laurel … who hears Yanny?” Novak, 38, responded.
Earlier this week, someone posted a cryptic Instagram video of the sound in question and a poll asking “What do you hear!?!,” prompting people to vote for “YANNY” or “LAUREL.” The content was shared to Reddit and has since set Twitter ablaze.
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
“I hear ‘Yanny.’ The sound isn’t even close to ‘Laurel’…I do not hear the ‘r,’” one person tweeted.
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“laurel wtf,” another replied.
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Others are more passionate. One user created a Team Yanny t-shirt on Amaon and wrote, “when you not a peasant and hear yanny instead of laurel.”
congrats on being cultured pic.twitter.com/nVcoDMM0B3
— bigmeech8ball (@bigmeech8ball) May 15, 2018
Twitter user @wiscoinferno seems to have cracked the case: “If you pick up on the higher pitch it’s Yanny amd the lower pitch is Laurel. I heard Yanny 10 times before I could hear Laurel.”
Ok, so if you pitch-shift it you can hear different things:
down 30%: https://t.co/F5WCUZQJlq
down 20%: https://t.co/CLhY5tvnC1
up 20%: https://t.co/zAc7HomuCS
up 30% https://t.co/JdNUILOvFW
up 40% https://t.co/8VTkjXo3L1 https://t.co/suSw6AmLtn
— Steve Pomeroy (@xxv) May 15, 2018
This theory is supported by Vox, which reports, “whether you hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ hinges on whether you’re attending to lower or higher frequencies of sound. Delete the higher frequencies and ‘Laurel’ becomes more pronounced. Do the same with the lower frequencies and ‘Yanny’ emerges.”