How Many Seconds in a Year Riddle || Solution Explained

Here is an interesting riddle that asks how many seconds there are in a year. But the riddle is a little trickier than you might think at first glance. 

The riddle typically reads in a very simple question form:
How many seconds are there in a year?

Sometimes the riddle reads in a slightly different version:
How many seconds make a leap year?

Seems like a fairly simple question, right? Well, like many riddles, there’s a trick. Remember, this is a riddle in the traditional sense. Try to think outside the box.

This is less of a riddle and more a statement that requires a little bit of creative interpretation.

Solution :

It asks you:
“How many seconds in a year?

Obviously, on an initial reading, you might assume it is literally asking you how many seconds there are in a year, but this is a slightly different question. 

The riddle isn’t literally asking for the seconds (like 60 seconds in a minute) in a year, but the number of “seconds,” which would be numbered like January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc. Some might stop and say the answer is 12, but it’s actually 24 because each month also has January 22nd, March 22nd, etc. The answer is the same if the question is for a leap year because a leap year just means February has 29 days instead of 28. The seconds are still the same.

few people think the answer to the question is 12, It has been pointed out online that this answer does not take into account the 22nds of each month. as it is just asking about the 2nd,  riddle’s statement won't apply to 22nds. but the most accepted answer to this riddle is 24.

However, if you took the time to calculate the number of seconds in terms of 60 seconds per minute, then that answer should be accepted too. In that case, you’d multiply 60 x 60 x 24 x 365 (or 366 if it’s a leap year.) In a non-leap year, the answer would be 31,536,000 seconds in a non-leap year and 31,622,400 seconds in a leap year. So if you went through all that trouble, your answer should count too.

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