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Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch — or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, for "short."

What looks like an authentic Welsh name (it means "Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio of the red cave") is actually a 1860s publicity stunt meant to attract tourists to this village on the island of Anglesey in Wales.

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