What In The World Happened Here? XXXVIII: (38)

If you were sitting on this rather lovely verandah at the stroke of midnight on December 29th. of this year, exactly how many whole seconds +/- would elapse before the New Year rings in?

A biannual event which could have occurred today, but didn't, may affect the answer.

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Verum audaces non gerunt indusia alba. - Ipsi dixit MCMLXXII