35 Fun Greek Facts

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1. The word "school" comes from the ancient Greek word for "free time."
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2. The word "orgy" come from the Greek word "orgia," meaning "secret rites."
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3. An ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk Mule try to eat from a fig tree.
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4. The word "oxymoron" is an oxymoron. The Greek word "oxy" means "sharp" and "moron" means "dull".
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5. There is a Greek god named Priapus – He has an enormous permanent boner.
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6. There is a Greek expression for "Who cares?" that literally translates to "There is trouble in the gypsy village."
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7. The highest grossing rom-com of all time is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," followed by "What Women Want" and "Hitch," in that order.
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8. The Greek name for Horse is "Hippos" and the fear of horses is also known as hippophobia.
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9. Athletes in ancient games competed in the nude. In fact, "gymnasium" comes from the Greek word "gymnós," which means naked.
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10. Gorilla' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a tribe of hairy women.'
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11. 13% of Greek children have dimpled cheeks.
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12. Philip is Greek for ‘horse-lover’.
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13. The Ancient Greeks used to exercise naked.
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14. The word 'gymnasium' comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means 'to exercise naked'.
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15. The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Greek demigod Hercules are second cousins.
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16. The Greek god Atlas had an aunt called Doris.
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17. The ancient Greek democracy lasted for only 185 years.
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18. Gymnasium means place to be naked in Greek.
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19. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus attempted to cure a serious illness by lying in the sun covered in cow dung. He died the following day.
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20. In Greek mythology, it was believed that redheads turn into vampires when they die.
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21. The word oxymoron is an oxymoron. The Greek word oxy means sharp and moron means dull.
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22. After getting out of the bath, the ancient Greeks covered themselves with olive oil.
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23. The Greek for ‘left-handed’ also means ‘better’.
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24. Both ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine recognized obesity as a medical disorder.
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25. Morphine is named after "Morpheus", the Greek god of dreams.
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26. Hellenologophobia is the fear of Greek terms.
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27. Wonder Woman was originally formed out of clay by her mother and brought to life by the Greek gods.
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28. "Greek yogurt" is actually Turkish.
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29. Drinking milk used to be considered a luxury by the ancient Greeks and by the Romans.
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30. The Greek National anthem has 158 verses.
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31. The word "alphabet" is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "beta."
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32. Ancient Greeks declared their love for a woman by throwing an apple at her.
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33. Ancient Greeks believed pregnancy could be prevented if a woman held her breath during intercourse and sneezed afterwards.
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34. The word 'school' comes from the ancient Greek word for 'free time.'
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35. The word "sarcasm" comes from the greek word "sarkazein" which means "to strip off the flesh"

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