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It’s a sweet Christmas in this cozy, little 'gingerbread' house.
Who said gingerbread houses need to be big? It can also be small. In fact, it can be very, very tiny.
The world’s smallest gingerbread house was sculpted by Travis Casagrande, an Electron Microscopy research associate at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. According to Popular Mechanics, the holiday abode is actually made out of silicon, and was sculpted with the help of an electron microscope and the use of a focused ion beam shooting gallium ions. A report actually said it is 20,000 times smaller than an average-sized gingerbread house, and is 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair!
MICROSCOPIC HOLIDAY. The tiny gingerbread house is sitting on the flattened top of a microscopic snowman, scaling it with the size of human hair. Photo courtesy of Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy/McMaster University
It actually sits atop a microscopic snowman sculpture and His designs on the tiny house was elaborate and detailed. He didn’t miss even the tiniest details such as a wreath on top of the house’s door, a Christmas tree by the wall, a chimney, even the emblem of McMaster University and the Canadian Center for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) in its roof. Oh, and its welcome mat is also a Canadian flag!
In a report, Casagrande mentioned that the Yuletide presentation aims to draw attention to ‘the center’s cutting-edge research’ and facility that helps in developing future technology, in which Casagrande says that it ‘ultimately makes the world a better place.’ It is without a doubt that with the world's continously developing technology, almost nothing is impossible.
Check out this video shared by CCEM of how the tiny gingerbread house came to life!