Of the 1,240 x 8,400+ pixels, what is important for the web user on the onlineathens.com home page?
1024x768 is still the predominant screen resolution for onlineathens.com audience so 8414px is roughly equivalent to 11 pages. Resolution data acquired from Google Analytics.
The browser takes 24 seconds to load upwards of 3.5 megabytes to render the complete page.
Athens is not alone as many newspaper sites have similar numbers.
Firefox 11 has a nifty 3d screenshot view