Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the strange, off-beat and funny news of the week. Perfect for a bit of Friday afternoon entertainment and a light-hearted look at what’s been going on away from the charts!

This week in Five Lessons Learnt: the most expensive speeding fine in history, how to leave a job in style, the formula for a productive day, suicidal self-driving cars and how not to ride public transport…

1. How to leave a job in style

Whether you’re ditching the day job to trade full-time or moving on to pastures new, don’t just disappear. Make sure your colleagues don’t forget you by penning them a leaving note to remember, like ex-mechanical engineer Gary, who went out with a bang when he retired from his job at 3M.

He sent this equally sarcastic and brilliant note to his soon-to-be-ex-workmates:

Gary Note
Image Credit: danibrin/imgur


And became a viral sensation after his daughter posted the note on Imgur. This, my friends, is how you say farewell in style.

2. How to have a more productive day – mathematically

If you think there’s a formula or algorithm for everything (@LFXSam, we’re looking at you), you might appreciate this life hack for how to use maths to ensure you a productive day.

Mathematicians have come up with a “Perfect Day” formula, using numbers to provide you with guidelines for how to have the perfect day. And the secret to the perfect day is the perfect night’s sleep, apparently, so the formula is all about winding down properly to prepare for a productive day.

The magic numbers are: 10-3-2-1-0. 10 hours before bed = no more caffeine (sorry, coffee lovers), 3 hours before bed = no more food or alcohol (sorry, wine lovers), 2 hours before bed = no more work (sorry, workaholics), 1 hour before bed = no more screen time (sorry, Facebook lovers) and 0 = the number of times you’re allowed to hit the snooze button in the morning (sorry, everyone).

So what do you reckon – will you be trying out the Perfect Day formula or would yours be a little different? (Personally, ours would involve more coffee and less stringent alcohol rules…)

3. Fighting for justice doesn’t come cheap

By [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
What would you do if you got a £130 speeding fine through no fault of your own? Suck it up and pay it for an easy life – or fight it ’til the death, no matter what the cost? One stubborn motorist has racked up a total bill of £10,000 to date in his fight for justice – against a speeding ticket that would have cost him a little over £100 to settle up.

Australian resident Mustafa Al Shakarji has spent four years and £10k protesting his innocence and is still disputing his fine, assuring police he’s more than happy to take the case to High Court. The driver was stopped by police in March 2012 after they allegedly recorded him travelling at 88km/h in a 60km/h speed zone.

But question marks over how the recording was obtained have led to the case being dragged out for several years and several thousand dollars. Well, you’ve got to give him kudos for perseverance, at least.

4. Self-driving car driven to suicide by ring road

An inquest this week into the death of one of Google’s self-driving cars found that the car had been “driven to suicide” after becoming “trapped inside the perpetual ring of concrete that surrounds Coventry”.

The car was found engulfed in flames on a section of the A4053, but despite meeting a fiery end was found to be completely technically sound. On inspection, engineers decided that the car had decided to end its life rather than face another endless lap around the Coventry ring road after realising it was trapped in an endless loop.

Google plans to test the theory on more ring roads across the UK, so look out for a demented self-driving car with road rage near you.

5. How not to store your bike on a train

Bike Train

There are unwritten rules to riding a train (or any form of public transport): no smelly food, no feet on the seats, don’t use your bag to prevent people from sitting beside you – the list goes on. But one train rider seemed apparently unaware of the unwritten etiquette rules of public transport.

The offender decided it was fair game to prop his bike up in between a row of seats – and his fellow passengers did not agree. But in typical British fashion, they neglected to politely ask him to move the bike and instead suffered the journey standing up, only to later embarrass him via social media.

The joys of public transport…

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