People Are Utterly Divided Over This Seemingly Simple Question

By maks in Puzzle On 10th March 2024

Any parents out there will tell you that helping out the kids with their homework can often be easier than it sounds.

And that's not just pride talking—remember the game show 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?'

It's longevity and global spin-offs say it all. It’s a humbling realization when the questions from a child's textbook stump us.

And it's not the philosophical questions or the literary analyses that have us baffled—it's often something as simple as interpreting time.

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A certain question, that's been sparking debate since June 2023, brings us face to face with this challenge.

It's not delving into the essence of life, divinity, or the depths of George Orwell's classics. It's all about the tick-tock of a clock.

Let's look at the question that’s been causing all the fuss: "What is the closest time to midnight?"

Then, we’re presented with four choices:

A. 11:55AM
B. 12:06AM
C. 11:50AM
D. 12:03AM

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You might smirk and think the answer is clear-cut, but I bet your conclusion is at odds with what others in your circle might say.

There's a strong camp for option A, with some asserting with confidence that "Time is a scalar quantity meaning it only goes in 1 direction, forward. So answer is A."

But others agreed: 

Yet, there's a vocal faction for option D, arguing with certainty, "D is the only answer that makes sense no matter how you look at it."

And many others, once again, agreed: 

The logic behind the split between A and D gets intricate, with one person pondering, "The use of 'To' and not 'till' is the only reason for pause before answering."

Someone else chimes in with a different angle: "Do you want which one is closest to becoming midnight because it's A, or do you want which one is closest to midnight in the current minute which is D."

Another adds a twist: "It can't be D because it will take a whole 23 hours to get to midnight again so it's A."

The debate has even led some to consult AI, which apparently rules in favor of D.

If you think about it practically, if you promise to meet someone at midnight, showing up at 12:03AM is a minor delay compared to half a day later at 11:55AM, right? After all, that’s what's closest TO midnight.

So the discussion continues, with parents and netizens alike, leaning into a surprisingly philosophical debate over a seemingly straightforward question.

Who knew that figuring out the closest time to midnight could lead to such a spirited conversation?