7 Mind-Blowing Facts About Singapore
They’ve gotten a lot of flak recently from being ranked the unhappiest and least positive country in 2012 to being ranked the most expensive city to live. But there are these facts about Singapore that will amaze you.
Here’s 7 facts you never knew about Singapore!
1. You can find the national anthem in microtext on the back of the $1000 note.
You don’t really see these big bucks often but if you manage to get your hands on one, flip it over and see if you can spot the lyrics to the national anthem!
I think it’s a pretty cool idea and I wish they’d do so for every other note.
2. Singapore has the biggest Yakult bottles in Southeast Asia
Singapore Yakult is only 80ml. But they still top the ranks in Southeast Asia.
Yakult bottles are really small but actually, the Yakult bottles in Singapore are the largest compared to those overseas, and of course the most expensive. You should try Yakult here!
Oh, and it turns out, Hong Kong has the largest Yakult bottle at 100ml. I
3. There were no lions in this Lion City
We all know the story of how Sang Nila Utama, a Srivijayan Prince from Palembang saw a creature he thought was a lion and named the island Singapura which means Lion City in Sanskrit. But truth be told, there were no lions ever in Singapore. It’s possible that the creature he saw was actually a tiger.
Think about it! They could have been called Tiger City. That’s so strange…
4. There’s a ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola machine in Singapore
Located at the National University of Singapore, the first ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola machine dispenses a bottle of Coke when a person wraps his or her arms around the machine! That’s just so cute!
Money definitely can’t buy love but it can sure get you some Coke to quench your thirst!
5. They have a Singapore version of David Beckham’s family
They don’t have David Beckham but they do have someone who’s pretty much similar to him and a legend in Singapore. So just who is referring to?
Well, it’s none other than Fandi Ahmad of course. He was captain of the Singapore National Football Team from 1993-1997 and was the first Singaporean to play in Europe! His phenomenal achievements have made him so deserving of being a national legend.
He is no David Beckham but boy do they have the genes to boot. Just take a look at their family!
6. Singapore has changed our timezone 6 times since 1905
For 36 years, Singapore was 7.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In 1982, the Singapore Standard Time was redefined to be 8 hours ahead of GMT.
The story behind it is that East Malaysia was GMT +8.00 but West Malaysia was GMT +7.50. Malaysia decided to standardise their timing but it’d be awkward for Singapore to be the only one who’s 7.5 hours ahead of GMT. So, they changed it.
But come to think of it, have they being cheated of half an hour our whole lives? Food for thought!
7. They are the fastest walkers on this planet
According to a research by the British Council, Singaporeans have the fastest walking speed. On average, we walk a distance of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds. That’s approximately 6.15km in an hour!
Here’s a fun fact: That’s also how fast bumblebees fly. Guess that’s why they always say Singaporeans are busy bees…lol