Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fucking, Austria 168 Miles from Changing its Name to Fugging, Austria

Fucking, Austria is a village of 104 people in the state of Upper Austria near the German border.  The village is named after an ancient Bavarian nobleman named Focko.  The towns name, while unfortunate in English-speakers' ears, is perfectly fine and to say it is not a swear.  Sadly, English-speakers from the of American occupation troops after World War II who discovered the village to immature present-day tourists cannot move past the similarity of the village name from the swear word.

Due to thefts of road signs, horrible phone calls, and horrible tourists, the villagers finally gave up and voted to change the name of the village to Fugging.  Unfortunately for the village, there is already village named Fugging in the state of Lower Austria and Fugging does not want to share the name.  To top it all off Fugging, Lower Austria claims to be named after the same nobleman.

The village of Fucking thought it was one vote away from changing names but instead has found itself 168 miles (267 km) away from the name change.


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Austrian law is murky on if the village of Fugging can stop Fucking from changing its name.  The final decision may come down to Austria's equivalent of the board of geographic names.

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