According to the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, in 2009 a total of 472 million tonnes (1,040 billion lb) of cargo passed through the port of Singapore, making it the world’s busiest. Containerised cargo accounted for 263 million tonnes (580 billion lb), with oil (177 million tonnes or 390 billion lb) accounting for the second largest portion. The remainder consisted of ‘conventional’ and non-oil bulk cargo.
Michael Quandt (Germany), travel editor of the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, flew around the world via six continents on scheduled flights in a time of 66 hr 31 min from 6-8 July 2004. The journey started and finished in Singapore and proceeded via Sydney (Australia), Los Angeles (USA), Houston (USA), Caracas (Venezuela), London (UK), Cairo (Egypt) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The journey started at 17:14 on 5 July (UTC) and finished at 11:45 on 8 July (UTC).
In December 1999, Professor Chia Tet Fatt from Singapore’s National Institute of Education’s National Science Academic Group succeeded in producing the world’s first successful bioluminescent flowers, using a white-petalled strain of Dendrobium orchid known as the Dendrobium White Fairy #5. Utilising particle bombardment, he transferred biologically active DNA containing the luciferase gene from fireflies into the orchid tissues, and then propagated them, eventually yielding stable, transgenic orchids retaining the firefly gene. These bioluminescent orchids emit a greenish-white light not just from the petals but also Continue reading →
The largest ant farm habitat is 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) height x 0.9 m (2 ft 11 in) width and 0.08 m (3 in) depth, achieved by Colgate Palmolive Ltd in Singapore, Singapore, on 28 December 2008. The habitat was used as a promotion for Colgate Anti Cavity toothpaste. Bus shelter ad was set up by BusAds of Singapore with special gel manufactured in China. About 200-300 ants were released into the habitat, which started digging within 24 hours, creating mini tunnels within Continue reading →
The largest art lesson held across multiple venues involved 1,817 participants in an event organised by Peter Draw (Singapore) and enabled by Cisco Systems (Singapore) in a total of 33 locations in 12 different countries, on 2 October 2010. The countries involved were Australia, India, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, USA, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. Peter Draw conducted the lesson.
The largest body mass index check involved 3,594 participants and took place as part of the Singapore Ministry of Health’s National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign day at Sentosa Island, Singapore on 5 September 2004. In addition to BMI checks, participants were also given a BFA (Body Fat Analysis), BMD (Bone Mass Density) test, blood pressure checks and dental screenings.
The largest can mosaic consisted of 101,616 drink cans in an event organised by youth volunteers from the Yew Tee Community Club Youth Executive Committee at their club in Singapore, on 14 December 2008. Used beverage cans were used to depict the Singapore main island.
The largest collection of tortoises and turtles is 3,456, which includes over 1,000 live specimens, all of which have been collected by Connie and Danny Tan (Singapore) and are housed in The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, Singapore. Connie and Danny have been collecting turtles for over 36 years and the museum has been in operation since 2002.
The largest compressed natural gas fueling station is the C-Nergy Compressed Natural Gas Station in Singapore which has a total of 46 filling hoses. It was opened to the public on 9 September 2009. CNG – compressed natural gas is a fossil fuel substitute for gasoline.
The largest cupcake mosaic measures 110.60 m² (1,190 ft² 70.34 in²), and was achieved by Ayer Rajah Community Centre Youth Club (Singapore), at an event held at the Singapore Expo in celebration of the nation’s 47th National Day on 29 July 2012. The image depicted two hands united to form the shape of a heart with the flag of Singapore enclosed. In the background the outline of one of the country’s most popular landmark’s, the Merlion, was crossed by a river to symbolise the country’s Continue reading →