In Greece’s fight for independence, a Turkish garrison in Acropolis was besieged by Greek fighters. When the Turks ran low on bullets, they began to cut the marble columns to use the lead within as bullets. The Greeks sent them ammunition saying: “Here are bullets, don’t touch the columns.”
Because of the high proportion of 100-year-olds, Ikaria Island off the coast of Greece is called “the island where people forget to die”.
As part of cost-cutting measures due to the Greek debt crisis, the government’s largest healthcare provider elected to amputate limbs instead of provide special footwear to diabetes patients – because it was cheaper.
A Greek prime minister in 1830’s tried to spread the potato in Greece but people weren’t interested so he put armed guards in front of shipments of potatoes so people would think they were important. People later started stealing these potatoes a lot which spread the crop to all of Greece.
Ancient Greek statues were originally brightly painted.
11% of Greece’s homeless have a university degree.
Drinking undiluted wine in Ancient Greece was faux pas. Wine was most commonly mixed with a ratio of 3 water to 1 wine. 1:1 was really only suited for orgiastic revelry to be indulged in very rarely.
In Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month’s salary by law.