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15 Odd World Records You Didn’t Know Croatia Holds

The Guinness Book of World Records lists world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

The Guinness World Records have become the primary international authority on the cataloging and verification of a huge number of world records.

There have been over 25 records broken by Croatians or in Croatia, according to the Guinness World Records website. Here are 15 of them:

1. Longest Lines of Strudel

The longest line of strudels is 1,479.38 m (4,853 ft 7 in) and was achieved by The Green Heart of Croatia (Croatia), in Jaškovo, Croatia, on 6 September 2015. The attempt was organised by the Karlovac Tourist board to promote the region The Green Heart of Croatia. The strudel was made from apples and grapes from the Ozalj region. It took over 90 minutes to lay out 3,078 strudels over 350 tables.

World record strudel (photo: TZ Karlovac)

World record strudel (photo: TZ Karlovac)

2. Fastest Time to Push Car One Mile

The fastest time to push a car weighing 1,880 kg (4,144 lb 11 oz) a distance of one mile (1.609 km) is 15 min 21 sec and was achieved by Mario Mlinaric (Croatia) on the set of The Strongest Farmer TV show in Zagreb, Croatia, on 12 June 2009.

3. Longest Moonwalk (Distance)

The greatest distance moonwalked in one hour is 5.7 km (3.54 miles) and was achieved by Krunoslav Budiselic (Croatia) at Mladost Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia, on 12 October 2009. Mr. Budiselić moonwalked 12 laps of 455 m (1,492.78 ft) plus 240 m (787.4 ft), breaking his previous record of a total of 5.255 km (3.265 miles).

Croatian Krunoslav Budiselic moonwalked 5.7km to enter the Guinness Book of World Records (photo: Michael Jackson moonwalking/screenshot)

4. Fastest Quarter Mile by an Electric Car

The fastest 1/4 mile by an electric car is 11.850 sec, achieved by Mate Rimac (Croatia) driving a modified BMW M3 E30, at ETC, Velika Gorica, Croatia, on 17 April 2012. Rimac’s BMW has been equipped with a 440 kW electric motor powered by batteries rated at 24 kWh. At the 1/4 mile marker, the car was travelling at a speed of 122.23 kmh (75.949 mph).

Mate Rimac in front of his electric car

Mate Rimac in front of his electric car

5. Longest Open Sea Swim

The longest distance ever swum without flippers in the open sea is 225 km (139.8 miles) by Veljko Rogošić (Croatia) across the Adriatic Sea from Grado to Riccione (both Italy) from 29-31 August 2006. The attempt took him 50 hours 10 mins.

Veljko Rogošić

6. Largest Painting

The largest painting measured 10,800 m² (116,250 ft²) and was created by Ðuka Siroglavic (Croatia) in Bol, Brac, Croatia, between 15 February – 15 July 2007.

Ðuka Siroglavic with his painting

7. Largest Box of Popcorn

The largest box of popcorn was achieved by Cineplexx (International) with a volume of 52.59m³ (1857 ft³), which was filled in 1 hour and 57 minutes at an event outside Avenue Mall in Osijek, Croatia, on 16 April 2011. The event was organised by Cineplexx (International) to celebrate the opening of two new Malls, complete with two new Cineplexx cinemas in Croatia.

Largest popcorn box in Osijek

Largest popcorn box in Osijek

8. Largest Collection of Non-Sporting Cards

The largest collection of non-sports trading cards belongs to Edo Rajh and Iva Rajh (both Croatia), consisting of 20,000 cards as of 18 November 2011 and is housed in Zagreb, Croatia. The collection started in 2006 with Magic: the gathering cards and their favourite trading cards are from the World Wildlife Fund.

9. Largest Collection of Panda-Related Items

The largest collection of panda-related items belongs to Edo Rajh and Iva Rajh (both Croatia), consisting of 1,966 different WWF stamps, in Zagreb, Croatia, as of 2 April 2012.

10. Greatest Distance on Single Fuel Tank

The greatest distance driven on a single standard tank of fuel is 2,545.80 km (1,581.88 miles) by a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, in an event organized by ‘Auto Motor i Sport’ (Croatia). It was driven by Marko Tomac and Ivan Cvetkovic (both Croatia) within Croatia, between 27 and 30 June 2011. Only Croatian roads were taken during the attempt. The average consumption amounted to 3.08 l/100 km (91.71 UK mpg, 76.37 US mpg).

11. Largest Appendix Removed

The longest appendix measured 26 cm (10.24 in) when it was removed from 72-year-old Safranco August (Croatia) during an autopsy at the Ljudevit Jurak University Department of Pathology, Zagreb, Croatia, on 26 August 2006. Ivana Pavic performed the autopsy and Alma Dubravic attended.

12. Farthest Distance Wakeboarding in 24 hours (male)

The greatest distance wakeboarding in 24 hours (male) was 514 km (319.38 mi) by Igor Deranja (Croatia) in the Adriatic Sea on 15-16 September 2010. Deranja was towed between the cities of Crikvenica and Pula, as well wakeboarding around an open water circuit in the city of Porec midway through the journey.

Igor Deranja (photo: ipress.rtl.hr)

13. Longest Neck Tie

A neck tie measuring 808 m (2,650 ft) was made by members of the Academia Cravatica organisation. It took five days to complete and was tied around the arena in Pula, Croatia on 18 October 2003. Widest part – 25m. Narrowest part – 8m.

World's longest neck tie in Pula

World’s longest neck tie in Pula


14. Largest Hand Drill (non-powered)

The largest non-powered hand drill measures 15.15 m (49 ft 8 in) long and the handle is 10.3 m(33 ft 9 in) wide. It was created by Miljenko Mustapic (Croatia), and was presented and measured in Imotski, Croatia, on 12 March 2011. The drill is an outsized replica of an existing traditional hand drill.

15. Largest Torchlit Image Formed by People

The largest torchlit image was formed by 4,013 participants, achieved by Sonitus Association, Tourism Office Pula and Archeological Museum of Istria (all Croatia) in Pula, Croatia, on 9 May 2015. The attempt took place inside the roman amphitheater in Pula, Croatia.

Pula Arena (photo credit / M. Angelini)

Pula Arena (photo credit / M. Angelini)

(Source: Guinness Book of Records)


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