The Ambiguity of Midnight
On which day is midnight? For example, is it June 5th or 6th at midnight tonight? Some time ago I had convinced myself that midnight must be on the day it begins, since, using 12 hour notation, it has the same hour, 12:00, as any arbitrarily close time within the following hour. It turns out that the answer is ambiguous. Midnight is both the end of one day and the beginning of the next. So, if someone specifies a time as midnight on some particular date, first, be aware that they could mean either of two times differing by 24 hours. Second, you are justified in concluding that they are not apt to think critically about their statements.
posted @ 08:56 AM EDT