[thechat] Data quality heaven...

David Wagner dave at worlddomination.net
Fri Sep 27 17:53:01 CDT 2002

Oh boy! More useless facts!

New Zealand has a tradition of long names, currently holding the official
(Guinness) record for the longest *place* name in common use:


which translates as the 'place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees,
who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his
flute to his loved one'. Those wacky Kiwis! Gotta love it.

Thailand has a longer city name --

Krungthep Mahanakhon Bovorn Ratanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokpop
Noparatratchathani Burirom Udomratchanivet Mahasathan Amornpiman
Avatarnsathit Sakkathattiyavisnukarmprasit

-- which means the 'City of Angels'. It's not an official record, though,
because the locals call it Krungthep Mahanakhon. We boring Westerners call
it Bangkok.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, in Wales, tries
to lay claim to the record as well, since it's an actual town and the New
Zealand place listed above is, apparently, a mostly uninhabited hill.
However, the locals apparently refer to it most often as Llanfair PG. With
good reason.

[Excerpts and references from http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A418565 and
http://www.amusingfacts.com/archives/jun2200.txt and a few other places. Use

So, there are good reasons to be careful with your data field lengths. Keep
this in mind the next time you toss out an arbitrary JavaScript form

Totally unrelated: while poring through the Guinness World Records
online[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/], I discovered that George W.
Bush is officially the US President with the wealthiest cabinet -- 13
millionaires on board. What a shock.

(I can't wait to send this message and see what the spellchecker does.)


David Wagner
dave at worlddomination.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Madhu Menon" <webguru at vsnl.net>
To: <thechat at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2002 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [thechat] Data quality heaven...

> At 01:34 AM 28-09-02, Martin Burns wrote:
> >Anyone want to hazard a guess at the maximum length of the data field in
> >government systems..?
> Forget the data field. What were the parents smoking? Did they intend to
> raise their kid on Mars?
> M
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> I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why
don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem
solve itself?

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