Yanny, Laural, White, Gold, Blue or Black: What do your eyes and ears say about YOU?

What in the damn devil? How do your eyes see something my eyes don’t see? How do your ears hear something mine do?

Is black really black? Is blue really blue? If you say, “I SAID WHAT I SAID,” what in the heck did you say? I think that these questions are why I dislike engaging in the Yanny vs Laural debate or the dress color debate.



Yanny is a word or phrase that is capable of distracting the entire internet for at least 24 hours. … Yanny is derived from the Latin word yanerious meaning both “frenzy” and “word with many sounds.” It shares a Greek root, daphne, with words including laurel.

I am a lover of logic. I love math because of the factual aspect of it. It is what is is. Two plus two, is, was and will forever equal four. I never was a great lover or history in school because, while I understood the importance, I never like the rote memorization required. I want to be able to use reasoning and building blocks to get the answer. There is comfort and security in understanding facts.

What does this have to do with Yanny and Laural? These debates challenge my facts. They make reality seem like a matrix. Is this a keyboard and a laptop that I am using to type this post? What’s REAL?

Okay, well, at least we can explain why some people see one thing vs another, and some hear one word vs another. It has to do with the frequencies, the context, the device used, the age of the listener. The Guardian delves into it well in this article.

I will stick with my dislike for time wasted in this argument. Luvvie Ajayi put it best on Twitter:

While we’re at it, here is the dress controversy explained:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2015/feb/27/science-thedress-colour-illusion-the-dress-blue-black-gold-white

Now let’s never speak of this again…


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