It’s almost National Day. Impress your friends with your obscure knowledge of Singapore! Here are 10 fast facts to get you clued for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee…
1. The shade of red on Singapore’s national flag is officially Pantone 032.
2. There are five authorised Merlion statues in Singapore. There are two at Merlion Park, adjacent to One Fullerton; one on Sentosa Island (the tallest at 37 m), the fourth at the Singapore Tourism Board offices at Orchard Spring Lane, and one at Mount Faber.
3. The name Singapura, or Lion City, is likely a misnomer. Studies suggest lions never lived here, but Malay prince Sang Nila Utama, who coined the name in the 13th Century, saw a strange animal with an orange body (likely to have been a tiger) disappearing into the jungle.
4. A study done by the British Council shows Singaporeans are busy little bumblebees. They walk at an average speed of 6.15 kph – the fastest in the world! It’s also the same average flying speed of a bumblebee.
5. As of 2014, the mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore is 148 percent – this means there are more mobile phones than people on the island. And a majority fancies the iPhone, which has over 70 percent market share.
6. Cats are not allowed as pets in public housing or HDB flats. Meow!
7. Over 6,000 flights arrive and depart Changi International Airport each week.
8. Buildings in Singapore must not exceed 280 metres in height for flight safety.
9. The longest road in Singapore is Yio Chu Kang Road, measuring 9.4 km.
10. Singapore is 13.7 km north of the Equator… justifying that ice-cold beer craving.
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By Joshua Tan, The Finder, August 2015