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18 Fun Facts about Singapore

With our nation turning 44 today, I thought it'll be nice to post some fun Singapore facts. I bet you didn't know some of them...

1. Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres. The USA is about 15,000 times bigger.

2. Singaporeans speak four main languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

3. Singapore became the 117th member of the United Nations on 21 September 1965.

4. The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion beast, is a fitting symbol of Singapore. The "Singa" or lion represents the animal that a Sumatran prince saw which resembled a lion, and the fish is a tribute to Singapore's history as "Temasek", the ancient sea town.

5. The flying fox, the world's largest bat with a wingspan of up to 1.5 metres, can be found on Pulau Ubin, one of the islands off mainland Singapore.

6. There are about 29,000 public toilets in Singapore.

7. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore contains more species of trees than the entire North American continent.

8. Buildings in Singapore cannot be higher than 280 metres. There are presently three buildings of that height: OUB Centre, UOB Plaza and Republic Plaza.

9. The world's highest man-made waterfall, standing at 30 metres, is located at the Jurong BirdPark.

10. The largest fountain in the world is located in Singapore at Suntec City. Made of cast bronze, it cost an estimated US$6 million to build in 1997.

11. The fastest selling book of all time in Singapore is Hello Chok Tong, Goodbye Kuan Yew: The Untold Story. Written and drawn by political cartoonist George Nonis, it sold 40,000 copies in two months.

12. The highest grossing movie of all time in Singapore is Titanic, raking in S$6.65 million in 1997.

13. The highest grossing locally made movie of all time is Money No Enough, raking in S$6.02 million in 1998.

14. The first Singaporean film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival was director Eric Khoo's 12 Storeys in 1997.

15. More Singaporeans are born in the month of October than any other month of the year. That means, lots of people have unprotected sex in February!

16. The first population census taken in 1824 revealed that the total population was 10,683. The 2000 census showed that the population of Singapore is 4.2 million.

17. The most common Chinese surnames in Singapore are Tan, Lim and Lee.

18. The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

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