It sure has grabbed the United States of the Bandwagon, once again. That thing. The cute news story that everyone grabs hold of, and pays attention to. I tire of them rather quickly. Like, the second time I hear about them.

In this case, it is the Yanny vs. Laurel conundrum. Which do you hear? Laurel or Yanny? It has been all over the news and now the far reaches of Facebook and Tweetdom.

The last big controversial decision was, “What color dress do you see? Blue & Black, or Gold?” Again, the divisions were gaping. About 50 / 50 there too.

The all-consuming debate. It will linger in the news for a week, or so. Unfortunately.

I am not sure why people are so astounded by this; why it seems so remarkable. There are two things here, which fuel MY surprise about these people being surprised.

  1. We are all so very different in our make up. That should, by this point, be clear and present, at the forefront of things. Yes, we are humans with two ears, but the differences in our hearing capabilities are unending. And this goes from head to toe. Some of us have telescopic vision and others can’t see the nose on anyone’s face. We are genetically, and incredibly, different. How is this something novel?

And then there is two.

  1. We are so very different on every other thing in the United States. Take the last presidential election. The candidate? Half of the people see a great, smart, strong, unabashed, unapologetic man who promises change. The other half see a lying, cheating, dishonest, ruthless, unfeeling, adulterous, abusive, shell of a man. Both, running for President. Same guy.

We apparently see, and hear, two entirely different things. But with much greater consequences than Yanny, or Laurel could ever produce. That is the mystery that continues to baffle me. Among many.


“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
― Tom Hiddleston


“Little Alice fell
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


“Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay