From Ancient times to modern day, the Greeks have always amazed the world with their endless inventions and accomplishments. Below we present the most amazing Official Guinness World Records set by Greeks.
GREEKS ARE GREAT!
Largest Gyros Guinness World Record
The largest skewer of Gyros meat weighed 4,022 kg (8,866 lb 15 oz) and was achieved by Zith Catering Equipment LTD and the Municipality of Pafos (both Cyprus) in Pafos, Cyprus, on 31 December 2008.
LARGEST GYROS: 4,022 kg (8,866 lb)
LOCATION: Pafos, Cyprus
DATE: December 2008
Largest Sirtaki Dance Guinness World Record
Organizer Kostas Agorastos
The largest Greek Sirtaki (Folk) dance was achieved by 5,614 people in an event organised by EKPOL, the Social and Cultural Council of the Prefecture of Magnesia, in Volos, Thessaly, Greece, on 31 August 2012
LARGEST SIRTAKI DANCE: 5,614 people
LOCATION: VOLOS, GREECE
DATE: AUGUST 2012
First Analogue Computer (200 BC) Guinness World Record
The 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in 1900–01 in a shipwreck close to the Greek island of Antikythera. It is a collection of bronze gears encrusted with sea accretions, built with a mechanical complexity that has not been demonstrated in any other object prior to the 14th century. It is regarded as the oldest analog computer and is believed to have been able to predict eclipses.
First Book of Medicine (77 AD) Guinness World Record
The earliest collection of written articles about medicinal herbs and plants is the De Materia Medica, compiled by the Greek surgeon, Pedanios Dioscorides, in approximately 77 AD. Dioscorides was a Greek physician from modern-day Turkey who gathered his information during travels through Europe and North Africa with the Roman army of Emperor Nero. De Materia Medica was originally written in Greek.
First Dictionary (500 BC) Guinness World Record
The writer of the first dictionary is thought to be the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras of Abdera, who in the 5th century BC compiled a glossary of difficult words encountered in the writings of Homer.
Most Male Dominated Society, Mount Athos Guinness World Record
Mount Athos is an autonomous republic, with an area of just 336 km and a population of 4,000 (1997 estimate). Included within Greece, which recognizes its autonomy, the republic is a long, mountainous promontory occupied by 20 Greek Orthodox monasteries and their dependencies. Its government is the Holy Council comprising one representative from each of the 20 monasteries. Under the terms of a law dating from 1066 Mount Athos is inaccessible to all females, adult or child, including the female of any species of domestic animal. Women are also not allowed to approach the shores of the monks’ republic by boat.
Heaviest Weightlifting Male 188 kg Guinness World Record
Akakios Kakhiasvilis 188 kg / 414 pound weightlifting Guinness World Record
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: November, 1999
Longest Human Powered Flight Guinness World Record
Kanellos Kanellopoulos (Greece) pedalled his Daedalus 88 aircraft 115.11 km (71.52 miles) from Heraklion, Crete, to the Greek island of Santorini on 23 April 1988. His epic flight lasted 3 hr 54 min 59 sec before an offshore gust broke off the plane’s tail and it crashed into the sea a few feet from the shore.
Most Mandolins Playing Guinness World Record
September 5th 2012.
LOCATION: HERAKLION, CRETE
GWR: 414 Mandolins playing at the Cretan Mandolin Festival break previous Germany record of 383.
Largest Tiropita (Greek Cheese Pie) Guinness World Record
Weight: 862 Kg/1900 Pound Tiropita
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Date: March 9, 2009
Largest Bougatsa Pastry Guinness World Record
Weight: 182 kg / 401 pound Bougatsa
Location: Serres, Greece
Length: 20 meters and baked in a 20 meter long special oven
Largest Goat Cheese Guinness World Record
Location: Halkidiki, Greece
Weight: 939 kg / 2070 pounds
Date: December 29, 2010