How they compare


  • Michael Phelps: 49.82 seconds (2009, world record)
  • Chad Le Clos: 50.56 
(2015, African record)
  • Joseph Schooling: 50.96 
(2015, Asian record)


1 Michael Phelps: 50.45 
(2015 US National Championships)

2 Chad Le Clos: 50.56 
(2015 Fina World Championships)

3 Laszlo Cseh: 50.87 
(2015 Fina World Championships)

4 Joseph Schooling: 50.96 
(2015 Fina World Championships)

Texting and walking too dangerous? These crazy accidents might happen if you do...

A woman texting while walking in a kitchen in China... led to the kitchen burning down.

Soon, texting while walking could be a criminal offence in New Jersey in the United States, according to a proposal by US Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.

She reasoned that it was just as dangerous as jaywalking, and thus should be given the same penalty.

Is such a law warranted?

Accidents caused by using mobile phones have been constantly circulating around the Internet.

Here are some of the craziest ones The New Paper found.

Burning kitchen

She wandered through a restaurant kitchen, her eyes glued to her phone.

Distracted, she knocked over a gas cylinder.

Smoke rushed out of the cylinder. Shortly after, the kitchen burst into flames.

The woman suffered burns and the kitchen was badly damaged, Metro reported on Mar 27.

The fire caused tens of thousands of English pounds of damage, according to Mirror.

Surveillance footage showing the woman walking while texting on her phone, knocking over the cannister and the kitchen blowing up in flames. PHOTO: METRO

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Trapped in a drain cover

Wishing you had skinnier legs?

The thin legs of a girl turned into her worst nightmare when she became stuck in a drain cover, in Mianyang, China, because she was using her phone to text a friend while walking.

Her legs went straight through the grille when she stepped on the drain cover, leaving her wedged, reported

The fire brigade was called to her rescue and she was freed 45 minutes after getting stuck.

Crushed under truck

In Guangdong, China, a woman was hit by a white lorry before being crushed by a truck coming from the opposite side.

CCTV footage showed that the woman was using her cellphone while crossing the road.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, reported MailOnline.



A Chinese woman walked into a canal at about 10.30pm on Jan 6 while distracted by her mobile phone.

The woman, who could not swim, struggled for a minute before drowning in the canal, surveillance camera footage showed.

Her death was discovered the next day when authorities discovered her shoes floating in the water, according to MailOnline.


Snake bites distracted man

A man, distracted by his Android phone, was walking over a parking lot in Oklahoma, US, when he stepped on a bull snake.

In response, the 1.2m-long bull snake sunk its teeth into Malone's leg before slithering away, reported

Thankfully for him, the snake was non-venomous.

The man helped release the snake back to the wild afterwards.


Fall into mall fountain

Video footage of a woman who walked straight into a fountain while texting went viral on YouTube in 2011, reaching over 1.5 million views.

Mrs Cathy Marrero, then 49, worked in the mall in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

The video footage, uploaded by the mall security, was peppered with commentary such as "Oh my god! Play it back, play it back", according to a report by MailOnline.

Mrs Marrero sued the mall after accusing staff of laughing, instead of helping her out of the water.


So, what do you think? Should there be a law against pedestrians who text while they walk?

TRS sedition trial continues

The husband of former The Real Singapore (TRS) editor Ai Takagi turned up in court for his sedition trial on Monday (March 28).

Yang Kaiheng, 27, is accused of seven counts of sedition, with an eighth charge of failing to produce documents to the police applied to be stood down by the prosecution.

He had claimed trial earlier in March.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) G. Kannan said in his opening statement that Yang had claimed his involvement with TRS lasted only a month in 2012.

After that, Yang claimed his involvement was fleeting and ad hoc, he added.

But DPP Kannan said the prosecution will show Yang's continued, sustained and intimate involvement in running every aspect of TRS.

On Monday (March 28), police investigation officer Roy Lim took the stand.

About 10 other witnesses are expected to testify.

Takagi was jailed 10 months on March 23 for four counts of sedition, with four other charges taken into consideration.

Get the full story in our print edition (March 29).

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Captain America coming to Singapore
A Cinema still from Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. Marvel announced that Team Captain America, lead by Chris Evans will be in Singapore on April 21.

So it is confirmed.

Team Captain America will be coming down to Singapore.

Marvel had initially teased fans in Singapore with a less-than-subtle Facebook post on March 21.

Less than subtle because the Facebook post showed Marina Bay Sands being superimposed on Captain America's gleaming shield.



Soon, the stars will align. #ChooseWisely #TeamCap

Posted by Marvel on Monday, March 21, 2016


Then on Monday (March 28), March Marvel confirmed that the cast and director of Marvel's upcoming blockbuster, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will be here in Singapore.

Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, as well as Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon), will be making an appearance at Marina Bay Sands on April 21.

The blue carpet event will be held at the skating rink at Marina Bay Sands.

In a press statement, Marvel also said that fans would be able to participate in a range of activities, the details of which will be released on their Facebook page at a later date.

Civil War

Movie poster for Captain America: Civil War. PHOTO: WALT DISNEY

The movie sets Captain America on a head-to-head collision with Iron Man.

Both characters are, of course, part of the Avengers team.

Both characters have clashed in previous instalments of the Avengers, with Captain America seeing Tony Stark's freewheeling nature as a character flaw.

In the first Avengers, for example, they almost came to blows when Captain America accused Stark of not being proper hero material. ,

This time, it is serious enough for them to openly wage war on each other.

Both characters clash over political pressure for a governing body to oversee and direct the Avengers.

Surprisingly, it is Steve Rogers (Captain America) who wants to remain free to defend humanity without interference from the government.

Tony Stark, on the other hand, supports oversight and accountability by the government.

Both men's refusal to budge over this issue means that there can only be one be one outcome: war.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will open in Singapore on April 28.

New movie celebrates Brit Olympian Eddie Edwards

Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, is an inspiring tale of the "never-say-die" spirit, and the real Eddie Edwards shares what it means to be an underdog

Actors Hugh Jackman (L) and Taron Egerton (R) with Michael “Eddie” Edwards at the European premiere of Eddie The Eagle, which was held on March 17 at the Odeon Leicester Square cinemas in Central London.

Eddie The Eagle is a true underdog story of someone who dares to chase his dreams through the power of determination, imagination and his indefatigable personality.

Eddie Edwards (played by Kingsman: The Secret Service's breakout star Taron Edgerton) is not one you'd associate with the word "athletic".

He was clumsy, accident-prone, and suffered from very poor eyesight. Yet nothing could stop him from pursuing his childhood dreams of becoming an Olympian.

He tried his hand at various sports, before settling on downhill skiing and becoming accomplished, thanks to perseverance, passion and intense training.

Disappointed when he narrowly failed to make the British Olympic team in 1984, Edwards decided instead to try the difficult and dangerous sport of ski jumping, planning to represent his country at the highest level. 

What he lacked in skill he made up for in heart and determination. Displaying great tenacity, Edwards took on the British Olympic Committee and the Winter sports establishment, who effectively wrote him off. 

He managed to train and scrape enough money together to travel around Europe, where he competed and improved his skills. Edwards was the sole British entrant at the 1987 World Championships, placing 55th. That meant he could go on to represent his country at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.  

The fact that Edwards made it to the Olympics was a testament to his strength of character and sheer force of will. 

His achievement also proved to people, that whatever their background or upbringing, they too could fulfill their dreams with hard work and perseverance. Edwards didn’t win a medal, but the fans took him to their hearts. 

Eddie The Eagle is this incredible and uplifting tale that celebrates Edwards' perseverance and passion. Opening here Mar 31, the biopic also stars Hugh Jackman as Edwards' cynical (fictional) coach Bronson Peary. 

Here the real Michael “Eddie” Edwards shares what it took to make it to the Olympics, what it means to be an underdog and what success is all about.

Did you always have a dream that you were going to do something out of the ordinary?

I always wanted to represent my country at the Olympic Games, but I didn’t know that it was going to be ski jumping. That is just how it turned out. Everything else that has happened on top of that has been a huge bonus. 

I had no idea that I would have a movie made about my life, but I always hoped big things happen.

Michael "Eddie" Edwards with Taron Egerton on the set of Eddie The Eagle. PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

When did you first hear Taron’s name in connection with playing you in the film?

The first time I heard that Taron Egerton was playing me was when (producer) Matthew Vaughn rang me. I didn’t get to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, which Matthew directed and Taron was in, because I was so busy doing other things. I went to Pinewood to meet Taron and we sat for an afternoon and had a chat. He picked up my accent and mannerisms and he was a very nice guy. When I met him out on set about two months later it was like looking in a mirror. It was amazing. 

Was it weird to run into him on set – this version of you, nearly 30 years prior?

It was very, very strange. I arrived in (German ski resort) Garmisch and it was a lovely Spring day. 

I walked on set and the first two people I saw were Taron and Hugh Jackman. I just couldn’t stop looking at Taron. The hair, the moustache, the glasses; he had me down to a tee and they’d done such a good job. 

I still have a lot of my Olympic stuff, and the people from the wardrobe department came down to my house and I showed them photographs of the things I wore back then and they took all my stuff away and replicated it all. I saw it on set and thought it was incredible.

In the film, Eddie epitomizes a classic underdog. Would you describe yourself in those terms? 

Oh yes, absolutely, I’ve always been an underdog and that is fine with me. It inspires me to try harder and do the best I can. 

Being an underdog has never been a negative thing for me. I have done the best I could with what I have. I was very much an underdog because I was doing a sport that Britain had never done before. We have no ski jumps, no snow and no equipment and I was this tiny David against Goliath ski jumping nations who had everything in their favour.

Obviously you didn’t win at the Olympics, but you always seemed so excited and joyful. Did you feel successful?

Yes for me, getting to those Olympic Games was my gold medal, the fact that I got there against all the odds, despite so many people telling me that I would never do it. I managed to get there in the end and that was the loveliest and the greatest thing for me. 

To go through all these experiences that I went through was worth every minute.

Aussie woman tracks down sperm donor, marries him

UNUSUAL: Ms Aminah Hart (left) met sperm donor Scott Andersen (right) in 2013, a year after their daughter Leila (centre) was born.

An Australian woman who had a child through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) tracked down the anonymous sperm donor, fell in love with him and married him.

Ms Aminah Hart and Mr Scott Andersen met in 2013, a year after their daughter Leila was born.

Last week, Ms Hart, 46, released a new memoir on their love story titled How I Met Your Father.

A production company has even bought the rights to produce a feature film based on their story, reported

Ms Hart, who had lost two baby boys due to a genetic disorder that affects only sons, felt that an anonymous sperm donation and IVF was her last chance to have a healthy child.

She was delighted when she gave birth to a girl in 2012.

She then decided she wanted Leila's father to play a part in her life as she herself had grown up without one, after her parents split up.


So she set about tracking him down, reported UK's the Metro.

She made a formal request for contact and Mr Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer, told the fertility clinic he was willing to meet a child born from his sperm.

On Aug 18, 2013, about a year after their daughter was born, the couple met for the first time in Melbourne.

Ms Hart said: "It was much easier than I'd anticipated.

"I was nervous… I was walking in to meet a complete stranger and I had his genetic child in my arms."

The two gradually fell in love and in December last year, they exchanged vows on a beach. Mr Anderson is twice-divorced, said reports.

But Ms Hart said she would not "ever advocate (sperm donation) as a dating service".

She said: "What happened to Scott and (me) is such a random thing. He was basically just a brief profile on a piece of paper. He could have been anyone."