Records & Achievements

The Museum of Romanian Records not only guests the world’s largest collections of corkscrews, pressing irons, and trivets, but it supports the greatest achievements and records of other Romanians. Below is a list with significant records and accomplishments obtained by our people.

List of the most important Romanian Records & Achievements

  • One of the most significant record for the Romanians is actually a monument, placed on top of a mountain. The Heroes’ Cross is the tallest summit cross that was ever made. Built between 1926 and 1928, the cross was designed in order to honor the dead of the railway heroes of World War I. This cross, which is 39.5 m tall, is located on Caraiman Peak, in the Bucegi Mountains, on the Southern Carpathians of Romania, at an altitude that measures 2,291 meters.
  • If you ever visited Romania, or you plan to visit it soon, you’ll see that the people love to dance, especially on important occasions. On 24th January 2006, the largest hora dance took place, in order to celebrate the Unification Day. This dance involved 18 828 participants in the town of Slatina, Romania.
  • The Romanians are really good in the kitchen, and they still use traditional tools when they cook. Therefore, they thought they should make a giant replica of the traditional Romanian spoon, to obtain a new record. The largest wooden spoon measures 17.79 meters in length and 1.50 meters at its widest point. The Cultural Centre of Mioveni achieved the record on 7th June 2013.
  • Romania is the country of the oldest active professional theatre actor, Radu Beligan (b. 14th December 1918). He had 94 years and 350 days when he was still performing at the National Theatre Bucharest. Unfortunately, he passed away on 20th July 2016.
  • Another amazing person born in Romania is Cella Delavrancea (1887-1991), which is the oldest professional pianist-ever. She gave her last public recital, receiving six encores, at the age of 103.
  • We are known for our appetite for good foods, so Orizont TV, during the Chestnut Festival, in Baia Mare, Romania, organized a special event. They made the largest bowl of goulash, that had 7 200 liters, on 29th September 2007.
  • The favorite vegetable of Romanian people is not the potato, but the onion. 33 people made the largest onion string. It measured 5 817.1 meters, and this was possible at the Turda Festival 2008, in Transylvania, Romania.
  • We like to eat, but we care about exercises, too. Orban Barra Gabor (Romania) covered the longest distance riding backwards on a mountain bike. The distance measured 27.58 meters, and this happened in Piata Mihai Vitezul, Sfantu Gheorghe, Covasna, Romania, on 3rd May 2014.
  • Ever seen a very tall person on the street and felt amazed? Well, maybe you don’t know yet about the tallest boxer to fight professionally, who is the Romanian Gogea Mitu (1914-1936). He was 2.36 meters tall and weighed 148 kg.
  • Do you enjoy reading? Have you ever wondered how much time spend authors to write a novel? The fastest time to produce a novel is 9 hours 5 minutes 8 seconds, and a team of writers achieved this time for “Mos Craciun & Co” (Santa Claus & Co). This is a collaborative book written by 53 professional authors and academics, all from Romania. Asociatia Culturala Aedificatio developed the project together with Editura Art Publishing House and the support of Universitatea Bucuresti (all Romania). The collaborative effort took place at the “Spiru Haret” lecture theatre, University of Bucharest, Romania, on 15th December 2012.
  • All this writing can cause you hunger, so we want to tell you about another important food record. At an event organized by Kaufland (Romania) in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania, the largest cabbage dish was made. The dish was 2 960 kg and it was made on 8th November 2014.
  • Another important Romanian record is the one of the most letters received in a lifetime, which is 22 018. It was achieved by Gabriel Antoniu Lavrincic, who corresponded with children from the USSR, between 1987 and 1991. An amazing fact is that all the letters are well preserved and complete with their envelopes and postage stamps and postmarks.
  • Petru Pognaru, Marcu Cristi, and other Romanian students made the longest straw chain, at Dacia Sqaure, Buzau, on 10th July 2008. It measured 11 298 meters and there were used 58 469 drinking straws.
  • Beside food and sports, we love animals, and we achieved a new record for the largest dog shelter. Ute Langekamp: Iubiti Maidanezii, near Pitesti, Romania can comfortably house up to 3,000 dogs over an area of 45, 543 m². This project is German-Romanian and involves in the sheltering, treating and re-homing of dogs since May 2001.
  • The Romanians like weird things, so one of them achieved the longest duration to hang suspended by the teeth, which means 2 minutes 46 seconds. The achievement belongs to Leonardo Costache (Romania) and was obtained in Warsaw, Poland, on 9th April 2015.
  • On the 28th October 2007, on Unirii Boulevard, Bucharest was created by PSI Romania the longest chain of condoms, which measured 3 269.46 meters.
  • Romania is proud to have the largest legal document. This is a insurance policy measuring 9 m X 6 m, and was issued by ING Life Insurance (Romania), and signed in Varna (Bulgaria), on 15th March 2008.
  • In our country, there was held the largest oral hygiene lesson, that means 1 507 participants. Organized by Organizatia Studenteasca de Medicina Dentara (Romania) and Fogbaratok – Studium Prospero (Hungary), the event took place on 16th May 2015.
  • Do you like arm wrestling? We have another interesting record for the most arm wrestling matches in 24 hours, achieved by Ion Oncescu. The event took place at the Sun Plaza Plaza Shopping Center, Bucharest, Romania, on 12th February 2012.
  • In June 2012, Balázs Béres (Hungary), in Oradea, Romania, achieved the most one-handed charlier cuts in one hour, which means 2 985.
  • In the next year, in September 2013, Balázs Béres (Hungary) achieved another record, for the most one-handed charlier cuts in one minute, which means 82.
  • The record for the longest sausage was achieved on 1st December 2014, in Ploiesti City. The sausage measured 64.75 km in length, and this was the result of the collaboration of S.C. Carrefour Romania S.A. & Aldis SRL Calarasi.
  • Spider Drone Security (Romania) achieved a record for the longest RC Model Multicopter Flight (duration). They got 2 hours 6 minutes and 7 seconds, in Sansimion, Transylvania, Romania, on 30th October 2015.
  • Have you ever ate cabbage rolls? You should visit our country and eat some! Plus, the longest cabbage roll was prepared in Praid, Harghita County, Romania, on 26th September 2015. The roll measured 19.54 m and was prepared by Sóvidék-Hegyalija Tourism Association (Romania).
  • The most consecutive bycicle back wheel pogo hops is 561. Orban Barra Gabor (Romania) achieved this record in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, on 23 April 2016.
  • Romanians that were part of the Team Legati de Cauza Hospice (Romania) achieved the fastest marathon by a linked team. They managed to obtain 2 hours 54 minutes and 17 seconds at the Bucharest International Marathon in Bucharest, Romania, on 6th October 2013.
  • Are you aware of the big building from the Constitutiei Square from Bucharest? It is the Palace of the Parliament and it is the largest socialist State Palace in the world. Built between July 1984 and 1989, it was used for a socialist state government and leader. This happened during the regime of the Romanian Communist Party and its then head Nicolae Ceausescu. Inside the building you can find the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament. The palace is a massive and imposing neoclassical structure, that contains 1 100 rooms and 20 000 parking spaces, across 340 000 m². The palace, designed by 25-year-old architect Anca Petrescu, measures 270 m X 240 m, and its height is 86 m. But this is not all, because there are another 92 m of subterranean levels.
  • Besides this, the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the heaviest building in the world. It is constructed from 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze combined with 1 million m³ of marble, 3,500 tonnes of crystal glass and 900,000 m³ of wood.
  • Everybody heard of Nadia Comaneci. She is the Romanian female who got the first perfect 10 awarded in Olympic Gymnastics. Nadia achieved a score of perfect 10 for uneven bars routine in the team competition in Montreal, Canada, on 18th July 1976.
  • The humankind always dreamt of flying, so the Romanian inventor who lived in Paris, France built a monoplane. Traian Vuia built the first monoplane to achieve flight. He flew “Traian Vuia 1” at a height of 1 m for 12 m in Montesson, Paris, France, on 18 March 1906.
  • What do you think about rally cars? Did you knew that the one who has the longest career as a motor racing driver is Laurentiu Moldovan (Romania)? He raced in Rally Cars and Formula 1 Style Cars, from 7th July 1968 to 6 July 2008, which means 39 years and 364 days.
  • The Romanian women are known for their beauty, also for their talent. The youngest female World Gymnastics Champion is Aurelia Dobre (b. November 6th 1972). She won the women’s all-around title at the age of 14 years 352 days in Rotterdam, Netherlands on October 23, 1987.
  • Ivan Patzaichin is the man with the most World & Olympic titles at canoeing, which is 13. He achieved them in a period of time that started in 1968 until 1984.
  • Another amazing woman is Elisabeta Lipa from Romania, who achieved the most Olympic rowing medals wins. 8 is the number of the wins she obtained since 1984 to 2004.
  • Our women are very talented, and as an example for this affirmation is Daniela Silivas (b. May 9th 1971). She is the youngest female World Gymnastics champion – single apparatus. Daniela was only 14 years and 185 days when she won the gold medal for balance beam on November 10th 1985, in Montreal, Canada.
  • Iolanda Balas (b.12th December 1936) won a record of 150 consecutive competitions at high jump from 1956 to 1967. Therefore, she achieved a record for the longest winning sequence – athletics.
  • Angelica Rozeanu achieved the record for the most women’s World Table Tennis Championships. She won a record six consecutive women’s World Table Tennis Championship single titles, from 1950-1955.
  • Lidia Simon-Slavuteanu is the female with the most medals won at the Half Marathon World Championships by an individual. She has a total of 8, between 1996-2000, which are three team gold, one team silver, one individual silver, and three individual bronze.
  • The person who achieved the fastest men’s individual C4 pursuit at track cycling is Carol-Eduard Novak (Romania). He clocked 4 minutes 40.315 seconds at the Velodrome in London, UK, on 1 September 2012. The cyclist who participate in the C4 classification have an impairment that affects their legs, arms and/or trunk, but they compete using a standard bicycle.
  • Romania, in 1961, 1964, 1970, and 1974 achieved a new record, for the most wins of the Handball World Championships.
  • The women from Romania are remarkable. Corina Colonelu Mosoianu performed the first Flexible Pole-Triple Full Twist Somersault, on 17 April 1984 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
  • Lidia Simon achieved the fastest time to run the Osaka Marathon, 2 hours 32 minutes 48 seconds, in Osaka, Japan, on October 2011.
  • Claudia Stef is well known for the fastest walk in 3 000 meters indoors. She achieved a time of 11 minutes and 40.33 seconds, on 30th January 1999.
  • Everyone loves to watch TV, and the Romanians are no exceptions. This is the reason why Trasnitii (Prima TV, Romania) aired 689 episodes, and was declared the longest-running sitcom (by episode count).
  • In our country we have the smallest paper money in the world. The smallest national note ever issued measures (printed area) 27.5 X 38 mm. The paper money is the 10 bani note of the Ministry of Finance of Romania in 1917.
  • You hear about hackers at the Prime News, but in 2015, one Romanian man was the most wanted hacker. The FBI has a “most wanted” list of cyber hackers, and on the head of Nicolae Popescu there was set the price of $ 1 million.
  • If you visit Romania in the winter, you we’ll see that people really love the Christmas time. So, we achieved, on 21st December 2008, the record for the most Santa Claus’ distributing gifts simultaneously. This was possible thanks to the 3 939 participants in the Constitutiei Sqaure in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Romanians have a passion for videogames. Therefore, Guild Wars 2 (ArenaNet) Art Director Daniel Dociu received the award directly for videogame concept art, which means this is the first videogame to win the Exposé Grand Master Award. The achievement was possible in 2011, although other designers who have worked on videogames have won the prize in the past.
  • In Romania, in the village of Diosti, Dolj, Mihail Balaianu researched and drew up a total of 128 family trees for each family living in that village, between 1980 and 2000. Balaianu received then an achievement for the most genealogical trees drawn up. A total of 8,200 people were documented covering a 500 year period between 1485 and 1985 from approximately 20,000 documents collected since 1938.
  • The Tallest NBA Player was Gheorghe Muresan (Romania) of the Washington Bullets. He has a height of 2.31 meters, and he made his pro debut in 1994.
  • Another fact that makes all Romanians proud is the fact that we have the largest Reed Bed. The Danube River Delta, which is located in Romania and Ukraine, formed around 6,500 years ago by sediments washed into the Black Sea. The Danube Delta is home to a reed bed, which covers an area of 1,563 square kilometers. The Delta as a whole hosts more than 300 species of birds and 45 species of freshwater fish, and it is the second wetland in the world.
  • The oldest Olympic Athletic gold medalist female champion was Lia Manoliu (b. 25 April 1932) from Romania. She had 36 years and 176 days when she won the discus at Mexico City on 18 October 1968.