Have you ever gazed at a clock and wondered about the hidden pattern on its face?

On the X platform, a user left viewers baffled after sharing a cryptic video, leaving viewers baffled.

The video sparked discussion about an intriguing mathematical pattern involving number 13. While some find the explanation straight-forward, others are mystified.

People can’t understand a math pattern found on every clock face. Image Credits: @gunsnrosesgirl3/X

On X, a cryptic video left viewers baffled with the question: “Why 13?”

One user, who goes by @GunsnRosesgirl13, shared a video on X platform.

The video has the caption: “Why 13?”

In the footage, user @GunsnRosesgirl13 uses a pen to circle each set of numbers, starting with 12 and 1, then moving on to 11 and 2, 10 and 3, and so on.

The clip demonstrates that every pair of opposite-facing numbers on a clock face adds up to 13.

Some say the pattern is easy; others find it unsettling. Image Credits: @gunsnrosesgirl3/X

The revelation has left many viewers baffled and sparked discussion.

The video quickly went viral and sparked debate on social media.

In the comment selection, many shared their astonishment and skepticism about this baffled math.

Someone admitted that they completely lack knowledge of the answer, and another speculated about the connection to the Gregorian calendar, which consists of 12 months, compared to the original Sol calendar’s 13 months. Some users remain skeptical, dismissing the pattern as a mere coincidence

One person said: By adding 1+ 12= 13/ By adding 2 +12-1=13.

A second wrote: Real question is wby 6. 12-6=611-5=610-4=6 etc They all make 6

The viral clip with 53 million views shows numbers adding up to 13. Image Credits: @gunsnrosesgirl3/X

While a third commented: Because the first one is 13, and you are simultaneously adding and subtracting one to the component numbers in each subsequent line.

Someone else said: 13 is the starting base sum.As you tilt the axis around the clock, you add 1 on one side and deduct the same on the other side – giveth and taketh.

Another added: Note that our clock face has NO zero in the clock’s mod-12 math. (See Modular Arithmetic). A mod-12 clock would run. 0, 1, … 11 and then opposite no. would add to 12. BTW, our calendar has no zero, so the assumed year of Jesus’ birth is not 0 but year 1.

Because times are running out unlucky for us all. Hence, it’s an unlucky number, possibly. Another user added.

The explanation for the math question.

Some believe the pattern relates to calendars or zodiac signs. Image Credits: @gunsnrosesgirl3/X

Despite the initial confusion, the pattern is mathematically simple.

As one user clarified, “We start with 12+1 and go down with circles, which implies that the clock goes +1 on the right and -1 on the left, which then means it will always be the same result at the end… 13.” This systematic approach demystifies the seemingly cryptic pattern, showing that basic arithmetic underlies the phenomenon.

However, someone else pointed out that by choosing different positions, such as 10 and 1, 9 and 2, 8 and 3, 7 and 4, and 6 and 5, the resulting sum is 11, not 13. This highlights that the pattern is contingent on the specific pairs chosen.

Another interesting observation is the common depiction of watch hands at 10:10 in promotional images, adding another layer of curiosity to clock-related phenomena.

Users debate whether the pattern is meaningful or just coincidence. Image Credits: @gunsnrosesgirl3/X

This is not the first time a mathematical mystery has left viewers baffled.

Previously, a user shared a math question that involved a seemingly simple question about the closest time to midnight, which left many stumped.

The options were:

A. 11:55 am

B. 12:06 am

C. 11:50 am

D. 12:03 am

The confusion arose because some options were close to midday, not midnight.

The correct answer is D. 12:03 am, as it is the closest time to midnight.

Why do simple math problems confuse us?

The confusion surrounding these mathematical scenarios often stems from overthinking or misinterpretation. In the case of the clock face pattern, the unexpected result of 13 challenges our usual expectations and prompts deeper reflection. Such puzzles engage our curiosity and encourage us to re-examine what we consider to be simple truths.