A classic riddle has resurfaced this May 2020 given the revival that brain games are currently having.

Social media and messenger apps have been dominated by riddles throughout lockdown and it looks like they aren’t going anywhere soon.

So what is the ‘how many seconds in a year’ riddle? We’ve got the answers!

Golden Pocket Watch Clock (freeimages.com/Debbie Schiel)

How many seconds in a year?

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

It asks you:

“How many seconds in a year? Hint: You don’t need a calculator.”

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

How many seconds in a year: Answers explained

Answer: 12

Riddles.com provided the answer to the question, which is actually asking how many 2nds there are in a year. The riddle plays on the double-entendre to confuse. There is one 2nd of each month, so the answer is 12.

It has been pointed out online that this answer does not take into account the 22nds of each month, this would then make your answer 24. However, as it is just asking about the 2nd, we do not think the riddle’s statement applies to 22nds.

If you wanted to work out the answer with a calculator, you would have probably reached the grand total of 31,536,000 seconds in a year ((24 x 60 x 60) x 365).

For more, check out this candy riddle.