#Asia What is…a penny black stamp?


Indeed, Singaporeans were curious enough to make it one of the top Google searches in 2015

If you have to know, a penny black stamp is the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system (thanks Google…and Wikipedia).

The penny black stamp made it to Google’s Year in Search — a look at the top trending Google searches by Singaporeans — alongside the likes of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore who passed away earlier this year.

The Southeast Asian Games returned to Singapore this year after being last held on home ground 22 years ago. Coinciding with the Republic’s Golden Jubilee, it garnered sufficient interest for Singaporeans to make it the third top trending search of 2015.

The recent haze in Singapore made ‘PSI Singapore’ the top search – probably because people wanted to find out whether it was a good idea for them to head outdoors and if they needed to bring their N95 masks along.

Here’s what Singapore Googled:

Top trending searches

  1. PSI Singapore
  2. Lee Kuan Yew
  3. SEA Games
  4. WhatsApp Web
  5. iPhone 6s
  6. Amos Yee
  7. MERS
  8. QZ8501
  9. Lee Wei Ling
  10. Lee Hsien Loong

Trending international news

  1. MERS
  2. QZ8501
  3. Sabah earthquake
  4. Paris
  5. ISIS
  6. Greece
  7. Charlie Hebdo
  8. Nepal earthquake
  9. Bersih 4.0
  10. Bangkok bomb

Trending Singapore News

  1. PSI Singapore
  2. SEA Games
  3. Sabah earthquake
  4. GE2015
  5. SG50
  6. Prime Minister’s Office
  7. Medishield Life
  8. Workers’ Party
  9. SEA Games medal tally
  10. Budget 2015

Trending People

  1. Lee Kuan Yew
  2. Amos Yee
  3. Lee Wei Ling
  4. Lee Hsien Loong
  5. Chee Soon Juan
  6. Najib Razak
  7. Lee Hsien Yang
  8. Manny Pacquiao
  9. Joseph Schooling
  10. Subhas Anandan

Trending Recipes

  1. Chicken Breast
  2. Durian Cake
  3. Pineapple tart
  4. Kueh Bangkit
  5. Mashed potato
  6. Lo Hei
  7. Overnight oats
  8. Nian Gao
  9. Tomato rice
  10. Baked potato

Trending “What is…”

  1. MERS
  2. The PSI now
  3. Bersih 4.0
  4. A penny black stamp
  5. Hepatitis C
  6. Prostate cancer
  7. ISIS
  8. Happening in Syria
  9. Netflix
  10. Hari Raya Haji

Trending Movies of 2015

  1. Jurassic World
  2. Furious 7
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5. Spectre
  6. Inside Out
  7. Pitch Perfect 2
  8. The Martian
  9. Ant Man
  10. American Sniper

Trending Songs of 2015

  1. Blank Space (Taylor Swift)
  2. Flashlight (Jessie J)
  3. See You Again (Wiz Khalifa)
  4. Hello (Adele)
  5. Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
  6. Bad Blood (Taylor Swift)
  7. Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding)
  8. Locked Away (R.City ft. Adam Levine)
  9. Sugar (Maroon 5)
  10. Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars)

Trending Gadgets

  1. iPhone 6s
  2. Samsung Note 5
  3. iPhone 7
  4. Samsung S6
  5. Apple Watch
  6. iPad Pro
  7. Microsoft Surface Pro
  8. LG G4
  9. Asus Zenfone 2
  10. HTC One M9

Trending Video Games

  1. Fallout 4
  2. FIFA 16
  3. Dota 2
  4. Witcher
  5. Mortal Kombat
  6. Metal Gear Solid V
  7. Skyforge
  8. Dying Light
  9. Bloodborne
  10. Star Wars Battlefront

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