ST Explainers: Schooling's swim, Pokemon Go, Man U's win and Smap's shock split

This is a fortnightly round-up of FAQs, pegged on news events, published on The Straits Times' website. Go to for more.

Two things dominated headlines in the past fortnight: Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling's amazing Olympian achievement in beating Michael Phelps to the gold in the 100m butterfly, and this little game called Pokemon Go, which has sent Singaporeans scurrying around the island to various hot spots in a frantic effort to collect virtual monsters.

While most other news events seem to have diminished in importance, there were nonetheless a couple of other events that inspired more explainers on our website.

How Schooling beat other swim champions

Swimmer Joseph Schooling rewrote the record books on Aug 13 in Rio when he set a new Olympic record for the 100m butterfly, winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal. Check out our animated graphic which breaks down his spectacular swim and how he beat other champions in the race.

Pokemon Go fans here out in full force

Singapore went Pokemon Go crazy when the mobile game was finally released here on Aug 6. Find out how to get Pikachu as your starter monster and tips on what you need to play the game at

Lessons from Man U's win over Leicester

In the battle for the Community Shield at Wembley on Aug 7, Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1. Could Man U be getting their mojo back and are Leicester losing steam after their shock English Premier League triumph? We round up five lessons from this bellwether match.

J-pop group Smap's shock split

Shock waves hit the Asian pop culture world on Aug 14 when J-pop group Smap finally confirmed their break-up. If you have no idea who they are, think of Backstreet Boys and One Direction all rolled up in one. Or you can just read our listicle to see why they are one of the most successful J-pop groups of all time.

Pointers for Hungry Ghost Festival

It is that time of the year when smoke fills the air. No, it is not the haze but the burning of incense paper and joss sticks as the Hungry Ghost Festival gets under way. Discover some of the dos and don'ts of the festival in our Explainer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'ST Explainers: Schooling's swim, Pokemon Go, Man U's win and Smap's shock split'. Print Edition | Subscribe