Hungarian Records

The territory of present-day Hungary has for centuries been a crossroads for various peoples, including Celts, Romans, Germanic tribes, Huns, West Slavs and the Avars.

Hungarians do a lot of things better than anyone else. They have the highest proportion of female teachers in primary school in Europe: only 3% of them are men. On social media, 83% of Internet users aged 16 to 74 are active on at least one social network, 20 percentage points higher than the average European!

Hungary is one of the top-performing countries of all time in the Olympics. All (Summer) Games included, the country won 175 gold medals (1 gold medal / 57.000 people), thus ranking second in terms of gold medals per capita after Finland. If we also take into account silver and bronze medals, Hungarians athletes rank third – after Finland and Sweden – with 491 medals (1 / 20.000 people).

Hungary has the highest rate of people suffering from depression in Europe: 10.5% of the adult population report experiencing depressive symptoms, compared to an EU average of 6.8%, according to a thorough Eurostat survey. Interestingly, their Czech (3.2%) and Slovak (3.5%) neighbors appear to suffer the least from that crippling mental disorder.

Hungary has the lowest proportion of young employed working on weekends. At the EU level, nearly 30% of the people aged 20 to 34 usually work on Saturday and/or Sunday, compared to 11% in Hungary. At the other end of the spectrum, more than half of Greece’s youth has to work during the weekend.

The world’s largest dance by couples took place in Budapest in 2012, gathering exactly 5,188 people (or 2,594 couples) slow-dancing by the banks of the Danube river. This performance beat by less than 100 couples the previous record held in Paris in 2009.

Another Guinness record is the most people chalk drawing simultaneously involved nearly 5,400 people in Budapest as part of a bid to raise awareness about the environment. Hungarian national Kovacs Gyorgy, a bartender for TGI Fridays in Liverpool, holds the record for the most flips of a bottle on the back of the hand in one minute (146 flips!).

Hungary can also boast the largest collection of tea bag covers (743, achieved by Marta Menta Czinkoczky, who was collecting them for seven years). Meanwhile, the first artificially inseminated rhino was a calf born in the Budapest Zoo in 2007.

The longest career as a sports commentator went to Gyorgy Szepesi in 2006, who worked for Magyar Radio since 1945 and covered more than 15 Olympic Games. On a similar note, the longest career for a football referee was broken by Csernyi Geza in 2007, an active referee for 57 years since his first match in 1950.

The farthest forward flip trampette slam dunk (6.18 meters) is the work of Balint Huszar, with the help of a mini-trampoline. Hungarian national Anna Malik holds the record for the longest time spinning a basketball on a guitar (13.23 seconds).

Aladar Gerevich, a member of the winning Hungarian fencing team from 1932 to 1960, holds the record for the most successful gold medal wins in Olympic history (6). The record for the oldest ice hockey player at a Winter Olympic Games (male) is co-held by Hungarian athlete Bela Ordody and German national Alfred Steinka, both 48 years old at the time of the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The world’s most oversized panoramic postcard was created at Millenaris Park in Budapest. It covers an area of 930.0018 square feet, measures 47.24 feet in length and 19.69 feet in height, and depicts eight Hungarian cities.

Hungarian journalist Ladislo Biro created the world’s first ball-point pen with his brother George in 1938. One of the first organizations to use it, due to the fact that it didn’t leak at high altitudes, was the Royal Air Force itself.

The title for the most married Hollywood stars is co-held by Hungarian-American movie celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor who, along with Elizabeth Taylor and Lana Turner, was married eight times in her lifetime.

The Mofarguru restaurant in Budapest boasts the most extensive food menu with 1,810 items. I suppose the World record for someone trying to decide what to order is from that restaurant also. The Hungarian village of Sajóvámos, located in the northeastern part of the country, recently broke the mouth-watering record of the world’s longest sausage in history, measuring no less than 7,975.72 feet long.

Hungary has managed to set a world record by building the highest Lego tower on May 25, 2014, in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. Construction of the 118.11-foot Lego tower began on Wednesday with several school children taking part helped by official Danish Lego constructors. The Hungarian village of Sajóvámos, located in the northeastern part of the country, broke the noteworthy and mouth-watering record of the world’s longest sausage in history.

The incredible sausage measures no less than 8000 feet long, or more than 2.600 yards. The team of 16 residents from Sajóvámos, therefore, beat – by a wide margin – the previous record of the world’s longest sausage, which was achieved at the Serbian Sausage Festival back in 2015, where a crew of kolbász enthusiasts made a 2200-foot long sausage, weighing roughly 3 tonnes.



Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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