'Laurel versus Yanny' debate started by Georgia teen


– The "Laurel versus Yanny" debate that's captivated the social-media-verse and everyone from celebrities to the White House, actually started with a homework assignment for Georgia teen 15-year-old Katie Hetzel of Flowery Branch High School. 

"I was looking through my assignments and had to do vocab on this website 'vocabulary.com.' There's an audio button you click. I heard 'Yanny,'" said the puzzled Hetzel, when she looked up the word "Laurel."

She played the clip for her other classmates and started a trend. "A few of us heard Yanny. A few of us heard Laurel. I thought I was going crazy," she said. 

She posted a recording of the clip on her Instagram page, which then jumped to Reddit, then Twitter when social influencer @CloeCouture shared the clip.

The rest is history. 

"It's really hard to believe this is happening," Hetzel said, who didn't have a Twitter account until she learned the post went viral and led to the trending #yannyorlaurel debate.

"I hear both now," she said.

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