263 'ghosts' set Guinness World Record at MBS: 7 more Singapore world records

Some 263 "ghosts" gathered at the red carpet event at Marina Bay Sands to welcome Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy.
Some 263 "ghosts" gathered at the red carpet event at Marina Bay Sands to welcome Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

This article was first published on June 26, 2015, and updated on June 13, 2016

Another Guinness World Record was set in Singapore when 263 people dressed as ghosts to mark the visit of Hollywood star Melissa McCarthy at the Marina Bay Sands on Sunday (June 12) evening. 

Clad in all-white onesies and donning masks, the "ghost" fans had a ball on the red carpet with McCarthy, who stars in the upcoming all-female reboot of Ghostbusters. 

The latest achievement adds to the list of Guinness World Records held by Singaporeans or set in Singapore. 

Here are seven more: 

1. World's largest walking event


The crowd at The New Paper Big Walk in 2000. PHOTO: ST FILE

The New Paper Big Walk held in 2000 currently holds the Guinness World Record as the world's biggest walking event. A record 77,500 participants joined in to mark the 10th anniversary of the event at the National Stadium. 

2. Longest scuba submergence in a controlled environment


Adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow attempts to beat the scuba diving record. PHOTO: ST FILE

In 2005, adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow broke the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive done in a controlled environment

He stayed submerged for 220 hours - from December 16 to 25 - breaking the previous record by seven hours and 30 minutes.

The 51-year-old emerged from a specially-built mineral water tank, where the public were able to interact and encourage him through a viewing panel, at Tampines Central, at 7.34pm on Christmas Day.

During the stint, Mr Khoo only had isotonic and fruit drinks and took toilet breaks in a special dry chamber.

The previous record was held by a Briton who stayed underwater for 212 hours and 30 minutes in 1986.

3. World's longest satay


700 satay sticks were used. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Measuring 140.02m, the dish was made with a whopping 150kg of chicken. It took 150 people to grill the massive satay.

The event was organised by Kopitiam Group and was held at Lau Pa Sat in 2007.

4. World's largest lantern parade


The largest lantern parade at the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway tunnel. PHOTO: ST FILE

In September 2008, a record number of 10,568 participants took to the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) tunnel with battery-operated lanterns, bagging world's largest lantern parade record.

The previous record was set in Kiel, Germany with 2,204 lanterns in 2001.

The Swing KPE event was organised by the Land Transport Authority to celebrate the completion of Southeast Asia's longest underground expressway.

5. World's largest cha cha dance


During Edgefield Primary School's 10th anniversary in 2011, pupils, parents and staff members were all roped in to dance. PHOTO: EDGEFIELD PRIMARY

Organised by Edgefield Primary School, the dance involved 3,379 participants including the school's pupils, parents and staff.

They set a Guinness World Record for getting the most number of people - more than 3,300 - to do the cha-cha at the same time.

The event was part of the school's 10th anniversary celebration in 2011.

6. World's largest cupcake mosaic


World’s largest cupcake mosaic was organised by the Ayer Rajah community club. PHOTO: ST FILE

About 1,000 volunteers baked their way to the Guinness World Record by making the world's largest cupcake mosaic.

Organised by the Ayer Rajah Community Centre in 2012, the mosaic - displaying a pair of hands cupping the Singapore flag in a heart - made up of 20,000 cupcakes.

Volunteers spent two days baking the cupcakes, using 600kg of cake mix, 350kg of eggs, 300kg of vegetable oil and 700kg of fondant.

The event also raised more than $100,000 for charity.

7. Most number of pull-ups in one minute


Mr Yeo, a National University of Singapore undergraduate, had taken a leave of absence for a semester to achieve his feat. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Singaporean Yeo Kim Yeong, 25, broke the world record for the most number of pull-ups done in one minute.

He managed 43 pull-ups at Genesis Gym on June 15, 2015, under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records representative. This is one more than the previous record of 42 set by American David Bourdon.


Correction note: The original version of this story stated that Mr Yeo Kim Yeong broke the record by doing 44 pull-ups. This information came from Guinness World Records (GWR). It has since clarified that 44 was a typo. The correct number of pull-ups achieved by Mr Yeo - and which GWR considered valid - was 43, which is still a new world record.