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"Picture yourself at a geography exam centred upon long place names. What do you know about these names?"
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"Alright, pick up a piece of paper all of you. The first question is: In which part of the United Kingdom would you find the village Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?"
The teacher continues the quest for unusual knowledge in her class by asking: "What is the more common name for Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg? You might be tempted to use some dictionary of the English language, but alas - the place name is in an Algonquin dialect."
Mount Saint Helens
Sea of Tranquility
The teacher intends to pester you once again with something that sounds as the longest place name ever. "Knowing that the word Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu indicates a hill in New Zealand, write down the language that gave us this marvellous word".
"For the next question you will have no additional hints", threatens the teacher. "Where do you find the farm named Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein?"
"And now we go and have a drink", the teacher announces. "Near which wine region would you find Saint-Remy-en-Bouzemont-Saint-Genest-et-Isson?"
"This might be the hardest place name to remember," the teacher smiles. "Which capital city is officially known as Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit?"
"Many places with long names have only a few inhabitants", continues the teacher. "This is very much the case with Przedmiescie Szczebrzeszynskie, which had only 386 inhabitants in 2008. The question is: in which country could you find Przedmiescie Szczebrzeszynskie?"
"Off to Mexico now. What is the historical importance of the city of Dolores Hidalgo Cuna de la Independencia Nacional?" Thus the teacher surprises her classroom.
The cry for independence started here
This was the first capital city of Mexico
A large slave market thrived here
Emiliano Zapata was born here
The teacher continues "One of Italy's longest place names is Pino sulla Sponda del Lago Maggiore, counting thirty letters. Which other Italian place name has thirty letters?" Your quizmaster advises: "If this question pops up in a timed game, go for an educated guess and don't start counting..."
San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore
Your teacher announces the end of the exam. There is only this final question left. "In which federal state of Germany would you find Hellschen-Heringsand-Unterschaar?"
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