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Things About Singapore That You May Not Know

Updated on June 28, 2017

Flag of Singapore

In 1959, the national flag of Singapore was introduced and it is red and white.
In 1959, the national flag of Singapore was introduced and it is red and white. | Source

Elephants Have to Use the Toilet

Everyone and I mean everyone uses the restroom.
Everyone and I mean everyone uses the restroom. | Source

The World Toilet Organization Started in Singapore

The World Toilet Organization is based in Singapore. It all began in November 2001 and it remains here till this day. The company's purpose is to improve conditions in the areas of sanitation and commodes. Although it has its headquarters in Singapore, 53 countries have offices worldwide and they are important in implementing restroom upgrades within schools not to mention sanitation which is very important.

Map of Singapore

The Beauty of the City

Singapore has a very low crime rate and it also has some beautiful sights to take in.
Singapore has a very low crime rate and it also has some beautiful sights to take in. | Source

All Singaporeans Can Vote in Any Election in the United Kingdom

Singapore can vote in any and all elections in the entire United Kingdom. Anyone living in Singapore is a Singaporean citizen and that makes them part of the commonwealth allowing them the liberty to vote in a few select countries with Britain being the most notable. Singapore's Parliament first formed in 1965. I know it sounds strange for Singapore voting in a far away area but it is what it is.

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Singapore's Moneymaker

Singapore ships more of these colorful fish to other countries than anyone does.
Singapore ships more of these colorful fish to other countries than anyone does. | Source

Singapore is the Largest Exporter of Ornamental Fish in the World

When you see an ornamental fish, chances are it came from Singapore and was shipped to your country. The guppy, which is sold from ,20 to ,50 sent each, is the number one exported ornamental fish in Singapore. Countries will import these fish and breed them for re-export. Mollies, Platy and Goldfish are the next three most exported ornamental fish. I have had several gold fish as a child and now I wonder where they originally came from.

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A View From Above

The rooftop bars in Singapore are a treat in the skies.
The rooftop bars in Singapore are a treat in the skies. | Source

Singapore is Home to the Highest Rooftop Bar in the World

Fans of partying will surely love this part of nightlife in Singapore. The bar is called 1-Altitude and it is 282 meters above sea level. You get a full view of the city and it is simply beautiful to say the least. Besides drinks, a menu with a wide range of dinner choices is waiting for you at your table. The perfect choice if a parade or other street event happens when you are out and about.

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Fountain of Wealth

Not only is the fountain humongous but it is also one of the most beautiful things ever.
Not only is the fountain humongous but it is also one of the most beautiful things ever. | Source

The Biggest Fountain in the World is in Singapore

The largest single fountain on the entire planet can be found in Singapore and it remains one of Singapore's most visited sites for tourists. It is located in Suntec City which is the biggest shopping mall in Singapore. The fountain is named the "Fountain of Wealth" and at night the fountain has laser shows. 3 times per day the fountain is turned off for a short period in order to let visitors grab coins for good luck in the small fountain in the middle.

Flying Fox

When a bat like this starts coming you need to take cover to avoid it.
When a bat like this starts coming you need to take cover to avoid it. | Source

Singapore is Home to the Largest Bat on Earth

The biggest bat on earth is commonly called the "flying fox" and it can be found in Singapore. Many of the several species of this bat are in fear of extinction because the bat is considered a delicacy of delicious meat and therefore gets hunted and shot dead. on a regular basis. This has been banned but it is still done illegally.

Rope Death

Singapore has a low crime rate but they are also strict as death sentences cannot be appealed.
Singapore has a low crime rate but they are also strict as death sentences cannot be appealed. | Source

Singapore Hands Down the Most Death Sentences Worldwide

Singapore is a strict place to live and once the capital punishment is given, rarely if ever, is the sentenced reversed. Murder and drug trafficking carries an automatic death penalty. Trials are quick and death sentences are final with no appeals or last minute calls from a Governor. The method of execution is a long drop hanging by rope-made noose. Aside from the mentioned above, Death penalties are handed down for Treason, Waging war on the Government, Kidnapping, Perjury, and any act resulting in someone's death, accidental or not.

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Fines, Fines and More Fines

I am from the United States and these laws and fines would be a hard pill to swallow for me.
I am from the United States and these laws and fines would be a hard pill to swallow for me. | Source

Strict Laws in Singapore

Chewing gum and forgetting to flush a public toilet are just two strict and odd laws in effect for the city-state. Some locals call Singapore Fine City because the ease with which the police hands out tickets. Other laws besides the above are: You cannot sing or you risk prison or fine, feed pigeons, smoke in public, litter or spit in public.

After 9 Strokes

If nine lashes from a caning does this then imagine what 20 strokes across the backside would do.
If nine lashes from a caning does this then imagine what 20 strokes across the backside would do. | Source

Singapore Uses Caning as a Punishment

I will never forget in the early 1990s when President Bill Clinton in America pleaded with Singapore to spare an American from caning punishment. Two other countries, Malaysia and Brunei, use caning as well. Reform schools, prisons and the military use the caning method the most. 24 strokes is the most that can be issued at one time and a person must be certified fit enough to take the abuse by a doctor.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens in Singapore is a long and wide path of greenery and lovely flowers and plants throughout.
Botanical Gardens in Singapore is a long and wide path of greenery and lovely flowers and plants throughout. | Source

Singapore Has the Largest Tropical Orchid Garden on the Planet

The Singapore Botanic Gardens The 160 year old tropical garden is certified by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are the largest on earth and they cover over 182 acres. The gardens are open 365 days per year and for a long time too! The hours are 5 a.m. to midnight. Loaded with indoor and outdoor exhibits, this huge attraction is a must for lant lovers for sure.

Lion Spitting Water.

Singapore is a beautiful city-state with amazing and outlandish, at times, shopping and entertainment spots.
Singapore is a beautiful city-state with amazing and outlandish, at times, shopping and entertainment spots. | Source

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      Angel Guzman 3 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Wow, beautiful looking country but I'm scared to get in trouble!

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      Buster Johnson 3 weeks ago from Alabama

      No doubt. I do not want to experience the caning.

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