Shall we take a trip to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauo tamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronuku pokaiwhenuakitanatahu? That’s a hill on the North Island of New Zealand named after a Moari hero. There are various spellings, the shortest of which is 85 characters and the longest is 105 characters. Atlas Obscura reports that the name translates as follows:
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the hill of the nose-flute playing by Tamatea – who was blown hither from afar, had a slit penis, grazed his knees climbing mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land – to his beloved
Ouch! That sounds painful.
I hate it when I skin my knees.
Photo: Archives of New Zealand