Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch – the little town with the unbelievably big name

// September 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch–the little town with the unbelievably big name

Upon entering the town, you can’t help but notice the sign – “You are now at Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch”. “Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch” is 58 letters long and locals don’t mind if you refer to it as just Llanfairpll or Llanfair PG to speed things up. The town is located on the island of Anglesey in Wales and recently made headlines when a weatherman in the UK pronounced it perfectly during a live weather report.

English man has stroke, wakes up speaking Welsh

// December 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // News

English man has stroke, wakes up speaking Welsh

Alun Morgan, 81 years old, grew up speaking English but lived in Wales for a while during an evacuation in World War II. He was only in Wales a few months and admits that he “learned a bit of Welsh” while he was there but was not proficient with the language. He has not spoken the language in 70 years. The Englishman recently recovered from a stroke which has left doctors a bit puzzled. After his stroke, he spent three days in a coma. When he awoke, he spoke nothing but Welsh – and never realized he was not speaking in his native tongue. Doctors say that the strange language quirk continued for three more days when suddenly, he switched back to speaking English again. He has now almost completely forgotten the Welsh language.

Ghost Lights

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Illusions

Ghost lights along an old stagecoach route

In 1656, John Davis of Cardinshire, Wales recorded some of the earliest historical evidence of ghost lights. In this small town in Northern Wales, ghost light sightings were quite common and believed to portend the death of someone in their town.