Is midnight today or tomorrow?

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  1. dsdsds Valued Senior Member

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    It's probably neither (and both). But what is the standard, if any, if one is writing a contract? If I want something to expire on midnight between March 11 and March 12, how is it defined?

    0h00 2009-03-12 ?
    24h00 2009-03-11 ?
     
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  3. electrafixtion Registered Senior Member

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    neither, it's midNIGHT.

    it expires on March 11th, or "good through 03/11"
     
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  5. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

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    11:59:59 is today. 12:00:00 is tomorrow.
     
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  7. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    That's like asking if zero is a positive or negative number! It's neither, dammit, it's zero!

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  8. mikenostic Stop pretending you're smart! Registered Senior Member

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    Apples and oranges.

    12 midnight is the next day. It's not the day before and it's not in some 'limbo' area like zero is. It's the next freakin day.
     
  9. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    Nope, it's midnight ...it's 12:00 ...not am, not pm ...it's just midnight. It's the same as zero in the number system.

    Baron Max
     
  10. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

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    Well I have always heard from Military to civilian circles, to programming code. Midnight is the next day.
     
  11. draqon Banned Banned

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    I would agree that midnight is the next day.
     
  12. Steve100 O͓͍̯̬̯̙͈̟̥̳̩͒̆̿ͬ̑̀̓̿͋ͬ ̙̳ͅ ̫̪̳͔O Valued Senior Member

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    It's either or.

    That's why you tend to get arangements made at 23:59 instead.
     
  13. Enmos Staff Member

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    Midnight doesn't exist

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  14. draqon Banned Banned

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    Enmos is illusion within the matrix of this reality.
     
  15. Enmos Staff Member

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    How long does midnight last ?
     
  16. draqon Banned Banned

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    a moment of a lifetime, worth remembering.
     
  17. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    According to the movie industry, it is tomorrow. New openings starting at Thursday midnight counts as Friday for box office.....
     
  18. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    The concept of midnight is not a material one.
     
  19. draqon Banned Banned

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    The concept of life is not a material one.
     
  20. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    well firstly its never written as 2400hrs, its ALWAYS written as 0000hrs and there for its the next day.

    even using a 12 hour clock its 12:00 AM which again suggests its the next day (well unless you think that the day starts in the afternoon anyway)
     
  21. Tnerb Banned Banned

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    What concept of life is not a material one.
     
  22. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    It's definitely tomorrow.

    You can think of it this way. You have to realize that it is midnight for a whole 60 seconds. If you think that midnight is still "today", then you would have to agree that it won't be tomorrow until 12:01:00. But midnight itself refers to 12:00:00. That means 12:00:01-12:00:59 will be past midnight, which would imply that the days don't start and end at midnight, but rather a full 60 seconds after.

    That's a contradiction with the definition. So either you accept that midnight is tomorrow, or you assume there is a small slice of time every 24 hours that is completely unaccounted for by the calendar, which doesn't make any sense.
     
  23. draqon Banned Banned

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    the concept of life itself. Its more ethereal function.
     

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