Let's face it. Year-end parties can be boring. Food may be great, drinks may impress, you may or may not have gotten a lousy gift for secret Santa, but what does a guy have to do around here to get a meaningful conversation? Rather than mention the latest Instagram post of your conversation partner to seem relevant or pretend you care, why not go deeper?
Share your views on what has truly been happening around the world. With these real conversation starters, covered across four umbrella topics, we take you a step closer to breaking the barrier of small talk. Or at least save you from that awkward silence. Equipped with these fun facts, there will be no need to pick your brain for something to say. You’re welcome.
At SGD12,184,429 box office sales, 2018’s top grossing film made double of last year’s top grossing film. Both are Marvel movies (Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok).
350,000 tweets are estimated to be sent every minute.
32.5% of autumn 2018 runway shows feature models of colour.
46% of Singaporeans would rather be stuck in a traffic jam all day than give up a meal.
There’s been a 55% increase in page views for a Singaporean street food experience since Crazy Rich Asians (as of Sep) .
Despite a total of 129 million iPhones sold by the first half of the year,
1/5 of the global smartphone market share is owned by Samsung, currently in first place.
There are 2.1 billion mobile gamers worldwide,
of which 63% are female.
The top 5 related topics to AI on Google are: Blockchain, Exchange-traded fund, Sex doll, Loudspeaker, Data science.
Ethiopia and Eritrea finally made peace on 9 July, ending one of the continent’s longest-running conflicts.
10 women make history collecting their Saudi licences at the lifting of a driving ban.
More than 600 minefields in Herat, Afghanistan have been cleared by HALO, declaring the province landmine-free.
91% of children worldwide attend primary school,
and 36% enrol in colleges or universities.
Singapore researchers pioneer water-based, eco-friendly conditioner to function as low as 18°C without the use of energy-intensive compressors and harmful chemical refrigerants.
Sydney Opera House was certified as a carbon neutral organisation in September—5 years ahead of schedule.
Since 2007, the Surui, Brazil’s indigenous tribe, have been fending off illegal ranchers, gold miners and loggers with satellites and smartphones.
Wildlife poaching has declined by 50% via a government-implemented and funded programme to support conservation initiatives in northwestern Zimbabwe (Hwange-Sanyati Biological Corridor).
Ikea pledges to remove all single-use plastic from its product range and in-store restaurants within the next 2 years.
Sources: Google trends, Forbes, Statistica, Mediakix, GO-Globe, UCLA Social Sciences, Sprout Social, Smart Insights, Box Office Mojo, Vogue, Foodpanda, Travel Daily Media, BBC, NUS, CNET, UNHC, Reuters, The Guardian, The World Bank, Positive News, The Herald, Independent UK
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