35 Fun Greek Facts
1. The word "school" comes from the ancient Greek word for "free time."
2. The word "orgy" come from the Greek word "orgia," meaning "secret rites."
3. An ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk Mule try to eat from a fig tree.
4. The word "oxymoron" is an oxymoron. The Greek word "oxy" means "sharp" and "moron" means "dull".
5. There is a Greek god named Priapus â€“ He has an enormous permanent boner.
6. There is a Greek expression for "Who cares?" that literally translates to "There is trouble in the gypsy village."
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.
8. The Greek name for Horse is "Hippos" and the fear of horses is also known as hippophobia.
9. Athletes in ancient games competed in the nude. In fact, "gymnasium" comes from the Greek word "gymnÃ³s," which means naked.
10. Gorilla' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a tribe of hairy women.'
11. 13% of Greek children have dimpled cheeks.
12. Philip is Greek for ‘horse-lover’.
13. The Ancient Greeks used to exercise naked.
14. The word 'gymnasium' comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means 'to exercise naked'.
15. The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Greek demigod Hercules are second cousins.
16. The Greek god Atlas had an aunt called Doris.
17. The ancient Greek democracy lasted for only 185 years.
18. Gymnasium means place to be naked in Greek.
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.
20. Hellenologophobia is the fear of Greek terms.
21. In Greek mythology, it was believed that redheads turn into vampires when they die.
22. The word oxymoron is an oxymoron. The Greek word oxy means sharp and moron means dull.
23. After getting out of the bath, the ancient Greeks covered themselves with olive oil.
24. The Greek for ‘left-handed’ also means ‘better’.
25. Both ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine recognized obesity as a medical disorder.
26. Morphine is named after "Morpheus", the Greek god of dreams.
27. Wonder Woman was originally formed out of clay by her mother and brought to life by the Greek gods.
28. "Greek yogurt" is actually Turkish.
29. Drinking milk used to be considered a luxury by the ancient Greeks and by the Romans.
30. The Greek National anthem has 158 verses.
31. The word "alphabet" is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "beta."
32. Ancient Greeks declared their love for a woman by throwing an apple at her.
33. Ancient Greeks believed pregnancy could be prevented if a woman held her breath during intercourse and sneezed afterwards.
34. The word 'school' comes from the ancient Greek word for 'free time.'
35. The word "sarcasm" comes from the greek word "sarkazein" which means "to strip off the flesh"
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