How we wish this year ended today!
This new year marked the beginning of a new decade, and for many, it was meant to be new beginnings. But with this world pandemic, climate change, earthquakes, and what not - people simply cannot wait for the year to be done with. Not like everything will miraculously be alright on Jan 1st, 2021, but hey, it really could be a new page. We're only in the last bit of May and we have over seven months before this wretched year is over. Sure, when boredom strikes, we do a lot of things that lead us to discover amazing stuff. But, a recent discovery is leaving Apple users in a state of panic because Siri, their virtual assistant, seems to think that we don't have a lot of time until 2020 ends. When someone asked Siri how long until 2020 ends, they were probably expecting a number of days between now and December 31st.
Well, that's not what they got, and they received answers that said there were only hours left. Well, I tried it out myself and asked Siri how long till 2021, and it actually replied "It's 8 hours until then." Sure, it can be scary if you've got no idea why this is happening, but let me assure you that while the end is near, it's not going to be in eight hours. The reason's honestly quite simple. The answer that comes in hours, predicting the end of 2020 is because Siri is tuned in such a way that it knows most of the world operates on a 24-hour clock (aka military time). Thus. 20:20 and 2020 sound the same to Siri. Well, we do say it the same way anyway.
So, the answer is to tell you that you have so many hours left until it's 8:21 pm, according to Fast Company. Siri will unfailingly interpret questions about "how much longer can this year possibly last" as the equivalent of "how long do we have until dinner?" according to Distractify. So, don't worry, 2020 the year will only end according to schedule, which means we have 7 months left of it. As for 20:20, it'll end according to your local time. Well, now, if you think why there's a 24-hour clock to complicate things and scare you out of your wits thinking you only have one day left, here's why.
Heavy says military time is used in order to prevent confusion between am and pm, especially in life-or-death situations. While there are several tweets about this revelation, one person commented: For those that may not understand, 2020 is also 8:20pm military time, thats what Siri (or in my case google) is telling you Funny prank to pull on friends tho XD. A very optimistic person shared that the only thing happening after 2020 ends is that 2021 will begin in a while. However, his comment was quickly shut down by people saying that the world was going to end. Well, now you know the real reason behind Siri's answer. Also, it looks like they've fixed it because now Siri replies, "The last day of 2020 is December 31st."