Richest and healthiest, so why not the biggest M&Ms store?

Ayer Rajah Community Centre Youth Club set a record with 20,000 cupcakes on July 29 at the Singapore Expo.

SINGAPORE - I'm very disappointed in M&Ms.

More specifically, I'm very disappointed in the M&Ms store that opened in Changi Airport Terminal 2 two weeks ago.

It's reportedly the biggest M&Ms store in Asia.

But only in Asia. The biggest M&Ms store in the world is still in New York City.

How can we not be No. 1 in the world?

I'm sorry, but I find this hard to accept as I've become so used to Singapore being the global numero uno.

Earlier this month, we learnt that Singapore is not only the wealthiest country in the world, but we're also the healthiest country.

Not only in South-east Asia. Not only in Asia. Not only in Asia-Pacific. But in the world!

This means if there was a World Cup for being rich and healthy, we would be Spain.

(Incidentally, Spain is ranked the seventh healthiest country in the Bloomberg survey and is not even among the top 10 wealthiest countries, based on GDP per capita, according to The Wealth Report 2012 compiled by Knight Frank and Citi Private Bank.)

Since Singapore is the richest and healthiest country in the world, don't you think we deserve to have the biggest M&Ms store in the world - not only in Asia?

And I just checked Guinness World Records online - Singapore is tops not only in the category of wealth and health, but we are also world beaters in dozens of other noble human endeavours.

I mean, just a month ago, our indomitable young nation set a new Guinness record for the largest cupcake mosaic in the world - not only in Asia.

This epic feat was achieved by the Ayer Rajah Community Centre Youth Club on July 29 at the Singapore Expo with 20,000 cupcakes.

If you think one cupcake is filling ...

But that's just the tip of the frosting.

Here are 10 more inspiring official Guinness world records held by Singapore you may not be aware of:

Most people sitting on one chair

On Aug 16, 2008, 1,058 people set this record at Springfield Secondary School.

Most people playing Sudoku simultaneously

On Aug 1, 2008, 1,714 people set this record at Fairfield Methodist Primary School.

Largest egg and spoon race

On July 27, 2008, 1,308 students set this record at Singapore Polytechnic.

Longest chain of helmets

On Oct 21, 2007, this record was set with 18,000 safety helmets on Sentosa

Longest satay

On July 21, 2007, this record was set with a 140.03m-long chicken satay at Lau Pa Sat. Not recommended for Diner en Blanc.

Most games of Scrabble played simultaneously

On March 14, 2006, 1,042 people set this record with 521 games at Northland Secondary School.

Largest body mass index check

On Sept 5, 2004, 3,594 people set this record on Sentosa.

Largest game of musical chairs

On Aug 5, 1989, 8,238 people set this record at the Anglo-Chinese School.

The game lasted 31/2 hours. That was the last time no one heard of Oppa Gangnam Style.

Longest human tooth extracted

On April 6, 2009, Dr Ng Lay Choo removed this record-setting 3.2cm-long tooth from Loo Hui Jing at the Eli Dental Surgery. Ouch.

Highest score on Bejeweled Blitz

On Aug 6, 2011, Lee Chen Wei scored 804,200 points. This person is an unsung national hero.

But despite having the greatest Bejeweled Blitz player in the world and being No. 1 in wealth and health, we don't rank so highly where perhaps it matters most.

According to the World Happiness Study by the United Nations released earlier this year, Singapore is only the 33rd happiest country in the world.

That's just depressing. Even Spain is happier than us - they're ranked at No. 22.

But then they won the actual World Cup.

Maybe some M&Ms will cheer me up. No, wait...

smong@sph.com.sg

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