The poor townsfolk of Fucking, Austria, just can’t win. The residents decided that after years of ridicule by English speakers that it was time to change their name to something less giggly. There was just one problem. The name is already taken.
The villagers choose the name Fugging, but there is already a Fugging in Austria. It just happens to be the the residents of Fugging once called their town Fucking also. Apparently those folks are a bit less tolerant to foreigners making fun of them because they changed their name in 1836.
“Nobody alive now remembers why it was changed from Fucking to Fugging, but it was and that is now our name. We think one Fugging in Austria is enough,” said Fugging Mayor Andreas Dockner.
Since two Austrian towns shared the name Fucking for centuries, it would seem that the polite thing would be for Fugging to let its fellow Austrians have some peace of mind. That isn’t going to happen. “We are very proud of our name. But it is our name now,” Dockner said.
What will Fucking do now? They will probably hold another election because their patience has worn thin, especially from the naughty-minded British as the Mirror reports:
Fucking residents said the final straw was a growing number of calls by pranksters from abroad who ring up locals and ask in English “Is That Fucking” – before bursting into laughter and hanging up.
“The phone calls are really the final straw,” said Fucking Mayor Meindl, who confirmed that the villages street signs were regularly stolen — even though they had been welded on steel posts set in concrete in the ground.
Drivers heading into the village often disturbed naked couples romping in front of the signs, and local entrepreneurs made the situation worse by flogging off Fucking postcards — Fucking Christmas cards and even more recently a Fucking beer.