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20 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. Here are 20 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. 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)

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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).

10. 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.

11. 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)

12. Longest Neck Tie

A necktie 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 necktie in Pula


13. 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.

14. 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)

15. Largest Sarma

The 1.3 km sarma at Zeljarijada (Photo: Vjeran Zganec-Rogulja/PIXSELL)

In September 2017 at the Zeljarijada festival in Vidovec in the northern Croatian Varaždin County the record for the longest sarma was set when a gigantic 1,320-metre sarma was made.

Among other bits and pieces there were 1,200 pieces of cabbage, 300 kilograms of boneless beef, 410 kilograms of boneless pork, 55 kilograms of bacon, 75 kilograms of dried ribs, 75 kilograms of dried sausages, 105 kilograms of rice, 14 kilograms of vegeta, 70 kilograms of onions, 12 kilograms of salt, 2 kilograms of pepper, 700 eggs, 4.5 kilograms of garlic, 40 litres of oil and a lot of tomato concentrate.

16. Most Pull-Ups in a Minute

Sebastian Mendiković (photo: Instagram)

Croatian fitness trainer Sebastian Mendiković entered the Guinness Book of World Records after breaking a pull up record last year.

Mendiković, who is from Rijeka on Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast, broke the current record of 23 pull-ups in a minute with a resistance of 27 kgs by pumping out 25. The record took place at the Summer Fitness Festival in Labin in front of a large crowd and 2 official Guinness judges.

17. Most Rear Pull-Ups in a Minute

Sebastian Mendikovic (Instagram)

Mendiković broke another record earlier this year.

Mendiković broke the Guinness World Record for the most number of rear pull-ups in a minute on Sunday when he completed 32. The current record was 27.

18. Most Aces Served in a Davis Cup Match

Ivo Karlovic (photo credit: Davis Cup/Twitter)

The most aces served in a Davis Cup match is 78 by Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) in his match against Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) at Porec, Croatia, on 18 September 2009. Karlovic lost the match 7-6, 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 14-16.

19. Fastest Time to Push a Car One Mile

Mario Mlinaric (Photo: Slobodna Dalmacija)

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.

20. Fastest Row (Double Sculls)

Sinkovic brothers

The fastest double sculls row by a male pair is 5 minutes 59.720 seconds and was achieved by Valent Sinković and Martin Sinković (Croatia) at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 29 August 2014.

(Source: Guinness Book of Records)


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