Town Considers Changing Its F'ing Name

Too many people are stealing its road signs, generally mocking it

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 17, 2012 2:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – For some reason, residents of Fucking, Austria, are considering changing the village's name. We're not sure why. It's an honorable, centuries-old name derived from a 6th-century Bavarian nobleman called "Focko," it's had a beer named after it, and apparently, naked women often pose next to its road signs. But hoodlums are also fond of stealing those signs, the Telegraph reports—at least 13 have been swiped recently, and they cost almost $400 each—and the jokes have gotten old for the town's 104 residents.

"People are now willing to discuss changes to the spelling of the name," the village's mayor said in a recent interview. "But first all Fuckingers have to agree on whether want to change it or not." The vote will be held later this week. What would the name change to? Many are advocating a switch to its 16th-century spelling, "Fugging."

A tourist's car enters the village of Fucking, Austria.   (Getty Images/AFP)
An Austrian man riding a bicycle leaves the village of Fucking, north of Salzburg, on June 18, 2008.   (Getty Images)
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