The world’s strangest places to live

The town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales has the longest village or suburb name of anywhere in the world. But a quick diversion into the world of toponymy (the study of place names) reveals that strange place names are not restricted to Wales.

New Zealand has its fair share of strange place names…try Bulls in South Taranaki; Gore in Southland and the town of Twizel in the MacKenzie Basin.

Australia has Arid and Bigge in Western Australia, Avoid in South Australia, Bland and Disaster in New South Wales and Many Peaks in Queensland.

Along the southern coast of England lie the Cinque Ports (“cinque” being French for five). Or you may choose to visit Redcar near the Yorkshire Moors, or perhaps Wigtown and Leek are more your style?

But, probably not surprisingly, some of the strangest place names in the world are in the United States. Towns such as Cool, Frying Pan and Rough & Ready in California; Burnt Corn, Alabama; Nothing, Arizona; No Name, Colorado; Hopeulikit, Georgia; Do Stop, Kentucky; Boring in Maryland; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Hoop an Holler, Texas and Ware (I’m from Ware?) in Massachusetts.