It wasn’t all bad
British scientists have created the world’s tiniest Christmas card, 200 million times smaller than a stamp. Measuring 15 by 20 microns, the card is invisible to the naked eye, yet features an intricate drawing of a snowman and a festive message. It was made at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, south-west London, on a silicon nitride membrane with a coating of platinum (worth 0.000002p). Its creators say it is ten times smaller than the previous record holder.
A man sleeping rough in Glasgow waited hours in the rain to guard a stranger’s car – and the £450 on its front seat. James John Mcgeown (right) noticed that one of the car’s windows had been left open and spotted the cash sitting in a handbag in full view. Rather than risk it being stolen, he stood guard for two-and-a-half hours before taking the bag to a local solicitor’s office. When the car’s owner, John Mcmonagle, came back, he found a note saying the cash was safe. He has set up a crowdfunding page that has raised more than £17,000 for Mcgeown and other homeless people in Glasgow.
A judge in Ireland has been praised for letting a man off jury service when he revealed that he was in love for the first time, at the age of 54. The man had asked to be excused from the trial because he was going away for a long weekend with his partner. The judge at Dublin’s Criminal Courts of Justice looked unconvinced until – hesitantly – the man said: “I’m 54, a bachelor and it’s my first time in love.” The judge, according to reports, then broke into a broad smile and said: “Then you go, and you go with my blessing.”