Just in time for 2019, there’s a new Yanny/Laurel, the auditory hallucination that divided a nation back in May. But this one has far higher stakes.
This one has a puppet dropping an F-bomb. On Sesame Street of all places! And it’s Grover, the sweetest Muppet of them all! Besides maybe Elmo! It’s shocking!
It all began when Redditor u/schrodert posted this video to r/funny subreddit:
the new Yanni v. Laurel? — some people swear they hear Grover saying, "that's a f**king excellent idea."
i'm one of those people and i can't stop laughing pic.twitter.com/b3OdPpvtYn
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) December 27, 2018
What did you hear? Because I heard a plain and distinct f-bomb and I am incensed. This is indicative of the coarsening of our society and discourse and precisely the sort of prurience I won’t tolerate! Not in 2019!
It begs the question: Where are we, as a nation, as a culture, when lovable furry blue puppets are yelling the f-word at our children?! FOR GOD’S SAKE IS THIS A KIDS TV SHOW OR A BIKER BAR???
JK it’s definitely the former, it’s just yet another trick of audio playing us for fools. Grover actually says “that sounds like an excellent idea,” and now that I know that I can’t even hear the f-bomb anymore. Brains are weird. Science!
Back on Reddit, Redditor u/TwentyfootAngels, a person with a condition called Auditory Processing Disorder, explained how this sort of thing tricks our brains:
“The key here … comes down to the consonants and vowels in “like” and “f***”… more specifically, IKE and UCK. First off, the F and SL aren’t too different – they’re both soft hissing sounds, so our brain can discard those. Second, I and U can be interchanged quite easily as well. And most importantly, K and C tend to merge together too. The key sounds coming out of “like” and “f***” are I-K (ike) and U-K (uck). Put it all together, and you can see how “I-K AN” turns into “U-K IN”.”
So basically, it’s another case of Taylor Swift’s “lonely Starbucks lovers.” Brains, who knew!
This relatively simple explanation didn’t stop folks from going crazy on social media though!
I know there’s lots of serious news out there, but Grover is dropping f-bombs on Sesame Street. I feel this is newsworthy and symptomatic of the current state of the nation. #sesamestreet #groverfbomb pic.twitter.com/sbLdgxc6ou
— Richard Clarke (@clarkiephoto) December 1, 2018
Wait, what does Grover actually say? "That's a f****** excellent idea!", or "That sounds like an excellent idea!" pic.twitter.com/C18dOI9fuR
— Arturas Kerelis (@arturaskerelis) December 27, 2018
— Duane Pohlman (@DUANELOCAL12) December 27, 2018
Just saw this on reddit and it blew my mind. Is Grover saying "yes, yes, that's a f**king excellent idea" or "yes, yes that sounds like an excellent idea."
I can hear both depending on which one I'm thinking in my head! pic.twitter.com/TAYR6U94Ti
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) December 27, 2018
I can’t believe the new “Yanny or Laurel?” is “did grover just drop the f-bomb on Sesame Street?” 2018 is cutting it close to the wire with this one.
— 2019 will be bedder (@itgetsbedder) December 27, 2018
First listen: OMG WHAT HAHAHA
Second listen: Ah, definitely "sounds like an"
Third listen: You know what, after all these years if Grover wants to drop an F-bomb then he's damn well earned the right. https://t.co/TUbhS11UDE
— 𝙷𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚒𝚔 𝙼𝚎𝚗𝚐 (@henrikmeng) December 27, 2018
I hear Grover swearing. I don't believe Grover actually swore. I'm confused and will need some time with my thoughts as I try to figure this out. https://t.co/iihSlEfIPd
— Rob Marmet (@RobMarmet) December 27, 2018
I can hear both interchangeably. I'm weird like that. But that said, my beloved Grover would NEVER drop the F-Bomb on the Street o' Sesame. So what he said was: "Yes, that sounds like an excellent idea!" #ItIsDone https://t.co/lKXbwxpCWk
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) December 29, 2018
“Yes, yes. That sounds like an excellent idea.” Y’all ain’t gone soil my Grover on this blessed day. Nuh un. https://t.co/NIZo04ZLmt
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) December 28, 2018
It even led to some… um… interesting theories about some of the other Muppets…
Grover has never said fuck. He doesn't even know what it means. Grover has never fucked. He won't fuck. Grover cannot fuck now or ever.
Gonzo can fuck though. Gonzo fucks a lot. Gonzo is a degenerate.
— FFS.GRIDMAN (@Joe_Hunter) December 29, 2018
Still waiting on the rest of the internet to weigh in on that one!