THE brief period of darkness which has just passed across the UK counts as Friday night, meaning it is now Saturday and everyone can go home.
The shortest night ever, which immediately followed the shortest day ever, means that it is officially the weekend and your line manager is unable to do anything about it.
Astronomer Martin Bishop said: “Clock off. They can’t touch you.
“It’s a double-edged sword because obviously you’ve missed Friday night, but by rights you should actually be having a lie-in followed by a bacon sandwich and Football Focus right now – so get home.
“My boss was bleating something about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect data when I hung up on her and shut off the big telescope.”
Anyone who is forced to remain in work for the remaining hours of daylight until Saturday evening can claim time-and-a-half and a day off in lieu.
Donna Sheridan, from Peterborough, said: “I thought it was just the sun going dim for a bit, like those energy-saving bulbs.”
She added: “I do fuck all on Fridays anyway.”