25 Amazingly Cool Records Held By Singapore/ Singaporeans

1. The world’s largest cupcake mosaic

Who would’ve thought the cupcake craze would’ve put Singapore on the map? Made out of 20,000 cupcakes and measuring 110.60 square metres, the world’s largest cupcake mosaic was created by the Ayer Rajah Community Centre Youth Club, Shatec Institute and other volunteers in Singapore on 29 July 2012.

Source: Urban Wire

The world’s largest cupcake mosaic. Source: Urban Wire

2. The world’s longest satay

To be fair, we probably didn’t have much competition here. But hey, it’s something. Created by the Kopitiam Group at Lau Pa Sat on 21 July 2007, the satay was made out of a whopping 150 kg of chicken, grilled by 150 people and measured 140.02 m (459 ft 4 in).

3. The world’s largest collection of tortoises and turtles

Yes. Someone in Singapore loves tortoises and turtles so much, he made it to the Guinness Book of Records. I’m talking about one Danny Tan, who, as of 16 June 2005, owned 3,456 tortoises and turtles, which included over 1,000 live specimens. See them with your own eyes at The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, at Chinese Gardens!

turtle ride on brother

“Ride on, brother”

4. The world’s first bioluminescent flower

Long before the idea for Gardens by the Bay was even conceived,  Prof. Chia Tet Fatt from the National Institute of Education created the world’s first bioluminscent flower on 1 December 1999. Using the lucifrase gene from FIREFLIES and combining it with a white-petalled orchid known as Dendrobium White Fairy #5, he made the flower glow a greenish-white light for up to 5 hours.

Not the actual flower. But still. steve carell not bad the office

5. The world’s longest beer bottle bar slide

Last February,  Jeffrey Ng decided it would be fun to slide his beer clean across a 14m bar at the launch of Guinness Draught in a Bottle. A Guinness record at a Guinness event? I think it’s only fitting, aye?

Jeffrey Ng looking intense at the Guinness event. Source: Ivan Teh

6. The world’s largest ant farm habitat

One of the better shows of bus stop advertising in Singapore, Colgate created a bus shelter ad made of a special gel manufactured in China and released 300 ants into a tooth-shaped case. The ants started digging into the gel, creating the illusion of a decaying tooth.

Colgate Ant Farm Guinness World Record

The actual Colgate ad back in 2008. Source: Behance.net

7. The most number of vinyl records smashed in 30 seconds

Vinyl lovers would not approve, but in 2011, a five-man YiDoJang Martial Arts Team smashed 38 records in 30 seconds. View it here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150098365589374


Yes, that’s an actual clip of the event ^^

8. The longest scuba submergence in a controlled environment

Famed local adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow broke the world record for the longest scuba dive by spending 220 hours (that’s almost 10 whole days!) underwater in 2005.

Source:  Everest News

Khoo Swee Chiow looking proud of himself. Source: Everest News

9. The world’s largest lantern parade

Hurray for local culture! Singapore made it to the Guinness Book of Records for holding the world’s largest lantern parade consisting of 10,568 participants. The parade was organised by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore.

Not the actual parade. Source: Ivan Teh & Traveler Folio

10. The world’s largest can mosaic

On top of creating the world’s biggest cupcake mosaic, we also made the world’s largest can mosaic, consisting of 101,616 used beverage cans formed into the shape of Singapore. The can mosaic was formed by the Yew Tee Community Club Youth Executive Committee on 14 December 2008.

Not the record-breaking can mosaic, but let's assume it looked pretty similar. Source: Largest Singapore Map Made of Canned Food

Not the record-breaking can mosaic, but let’s assume it looked pretty similar. Source: Largest Singapore Map Made of Canned Food

11. The world’s largest three dimensional balloon sculpture

Balloon artist Lily Tan rolled out (geddit?) the world’s largest 3D balloon sculpture titled Sentinel, using 79,854 balloons. The Transformers inspired sculpture took a total of 42 hours over three days to put together. It was displayed at Marina Square Shopping Mall.

Source:  Ivan Teh &  Farm8

Balloon robot sculpture, Sentinel, created by Lily Tan and her team of 50. Source: Ivan Teh & Farm8

12. The world’s largest Cha Cha dance

Organised by Edgefield Primary School on 17 July 2011, the dance involved 3,379 participants, including the school’s pupils, their parents, and staff.

13. The world’s largest limbo dance

Limbo may not be very much part of our culture, but Global EduHub Pte Ltd managed to make it to the book of records anyway – and for charity too! The event was held on 1 October 2011 to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Held at ITE College West, 1,208 participants helped raise SGD $5,000.

Obviously not from the actual event.

Obviously not from the actual event.

14. The world’s largest game of musical chairs

Remember those games of musical chairs we used to play? Well, Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) turned one of those games into a Guinness Record, bringing together 8,238 people on 5 August 1989.

Musical Chairs funny

Not from the original event either. But it cracked me up.

Fifteen-year-old Xu Chong Wei eventually won after 3.5 gruelling hours. Who knows what the prize was. Maybe it was…

15. The world’s largest ‘pass-the-parcel’

In 1998, 3,918 students from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) somehow found the patience to unwrap 2,200 layers of wrapping paper from a parcel – which took two and a half hours. pass the parcel such fun

16. The world’s largest egg and spoon race

Played by 1,308 participants on 27 July 2008 at the Singapore Polytechnic (SP), the record was eventually broken in 2012 by Morecambe Community High School from the UK in 2012 :( They had 1445 participants. sheldon leonard there there

17. The world’s smallest optical mouse

Moving onto the geeky stuff, inventor Ng Kai Cheong created the Z-Nano mouse, the world’s smallest optical mouse, which is so small you have to operate it with a finger. And yes, it is currently on sale.

18. The world’s smallest working gears

The guys at A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering created gears so small, you literally couldn’t see them if you tried. The gears are molecule-sized, and can be rotated clockwise or anti-clockwise by nudging them with the probe of a Scanning Tunnelling Microscope. True story.         You are currently looking at 5 million of these gears. Barney HIMYM true story

19. The world’s longest colour sequence

Sancy Suraj Singh, amazingly managed to memorise a sequence of 160 randomly generated colours flashed on a computer screen for 2 seconds each and recorded the exact sequence on a piece of paper with a perfect score, setting the record on 14 April 2012 at Simei ITE College East.

Source:  Singapore Records

Sancy Suraj Singh being a boss. Source: Singapore Records

20. The longest human tooth

Not exactly something to be proud of, but in 2009, Dr Ng Lay Choo extracted a 3.2 cm long tooth from patient Loo Hui Jing at the Eli Dental Surgery Clinic. Which is… pretty cool. I guess. lady gaga show me your teeth

21. The most games of scrabble played simultaneously

For some reason, 1042 people thought it’d be fun to play scrabble.  A lot. The record was set at 521 scrabble games played simultaneously by participants from 65 secondary schools and organisations. The event was organised by Northland Secondary School, Mattel SouthEast Asia Pte Ltd and Schools Scrabble Club on 14 March 2006.

puking scrabble tiles

Puking scrabble tiles. Much like the 1042 participants probably were by the end of the event.

22. The most golf balls hit simultaneously

In celebration of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) 100th anniversary, a whole bunch of clubs in Singapore set out to beat the record for most number of golf balls hit simultaneously. Thank god for Singapore’s “kiasu” mentality, because even though 1710 golfers attempted the challenge, only 1453 golfballs hit the minimum distance of 100 yards so we got the record anyway. nine-hole-putt-480

23. The most couples married in 24 hours in a single location

Can we say “Awww”? On 20-09-2009, Singapore broke the record for the most number of couples married in 24 hours in a single location – the Botanic Gardens, which saw 163 couples wed on that day. My-Big-Fat-Greek-Wedding-Get-Married-Make-Baby

24. The most couples on a blind date in 12 hours

In 2005, 268 couples (which means 536 people) participated in a blind date event organised by the Joint Hall Orientation Committee of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). classic abed gif i need help reacting to something

25. The most number of people showering together

You’ve heard of the Zombie marathon, “Race the Dead”, held on 26 October 2013 at Sentosa’s Silosa Beach. Unbeknown to many, another feat was taking place there – 263 people thought it’d be fun to shower together. Yes, seriously. Oh, and the SingTel Grid Girls were there, which probably helped boost the numbers.

Thanks for reading! This post was originally from Ivan Teh – Running Man, and reproduced with permission. Click here to read his original post and do check out his other amazing posts as well! If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy: 10 Types of People to Unfollow on Social Media, 18 Awesome Street Snacks from Singapore’s Past, and 32 Bizarre Superstitions and Old Wives’ Tales in Singapore.

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