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Ever wondered what's the longest meaningful single-word domain in the world? I did. And, needless to say, I got the answer pretty quickly - in Welsh, of course.

Ready for it? Here it goes - llanfairpwllgwyngyllgoger
. (Sorry for the breakdown, if I leave it in one piece it messes up the formatting of the page). It looks like my cat ran over the keyboard, but it actually has a meaning. It's a Welsh town, whose name means: "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" Guess they were lucky there weren't any other landmarks around.

You can read other fun information on long town names on the site itself, but I was actually interested in something else. After a fun article about Google and its many O's over at Mu Life, I realized I don't even know what's the character limitation for various domains.

The answer? Most sources say 63 characters, although many sites are wrong - some say 59, and I've seen a claim of 67 characters.

So, since llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrnd
robwllllantysiliogogogoch.com is only 57 characters long, it still means I haven't found the absolutely longest domain in the world. I've tried with the most logical choice - Sex, and it did not disappoint - for example, check this out: www.sexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
. (link is obviously NSFW). But it still didn't reach the goal of 63 characters.

So, I've searched some more, and I found a likely contestant - brace yourself - www.thelongestdomainnameintheworldand
. Nice.

gets a honorable mention too, because you can even get an email on the domain (they proudly point out that it won't be accepted by most web forms).

So, we have 63 characters, that's it, no? But then it dawned on me - it's still not the final answer! And I've found it in my old friend Google - again.

You see, .com just doesn't cut it when there are 4-character top level domains around, like .info. So, it took a little more research to find the king, the absolutely longest domain name ever:


I even clicked on the link (thinking it was spam, but hey, the guys deserve some credit for their efforts) but it leads nowhere. So, thus ends the mystery of the longest domain name ever. Phew.

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