It’s a town, and it’s name is 58 letters long.

No, I didn’t just mash the keyboard, or spill my beer on my laptop (this time). Welcome to the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, on the island of Anglesey, in the country of Wales.
So what is the story here, and what else is there to do in this town? Well, the story is, the town was originally called Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, but in the 1880’s they made the towns name longer in hopes that it would attract tourists. Since I’m here, I suppose it worked. If you are wondering what else there is to do in this town…
You can get your picture taken by a complete stranger in front of the ridiculously long sign for the train station. Or perhaps wonder what the town’s name even means. Translated it is: “St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave.”
Of course, there is a souvenir shop, where for the first time ever (and probably last), Sian found a souvenir with her name on it. She checks everywhere we go, and this is the only place in the world it has happened. If you are curious how you would pronounce the name of the town, this BBC weather presenter doesn’t miss a beat and says it like he uses the name every day:
My suggestion, get your picture taken, then go for a walk along the nearby beach instead.
But don’t forget to take your summit selfie, like I almost did.

1 Comment

teditor · May 15, 2024 at 11:01 pm

They should add “JKMQUVXZ’ at the end of the town’s name because it means ‘Ted’ in Welsh, really, and also happens to be the only eight letters remaining in the alphabet that they have not used in the town’s name!

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