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An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it. The 100 odd residents of Fucking, in Upper Austria, are to vote this week on whether to change their hamlet's name to something less attractive to English-speaking visitors, the Daily Telegraph reports. The …

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  1. GreggS

    Meet the Fuckers?

    Anyone?

    1. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      They should probably consult with the folks in Intercourse Pennsylvania, USA.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        There's a bunch in PA

        Blue Ball, PA:

        http://g.co/maps/tkttb

        Intercourse, PA

        http://g.co/maps/r63f9

        Virginville, PA

        http://g.co/maps/sff93

        Then there's Toad Suck, Arkansas:

        http://g.co/maps/5s79e

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: There's a bunch in PA

          Knob Lick, KY?

          http://g.co/maps/jwdu3

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: There's a bunch in PA

            I'm sure I saw a sign once for wankdorf in Germany

            1. Liam Johnson

              re: Wankdorf

              Perhaps you mean Wank, a small village outside of Nesselwang in Bavaria, not far from the famous picture postcard castle of Neuschwanstein?

              1. The First Dave
                Headmaster

                Re: re: Wankdorf

                Just outside of Garmisch-Partenkirchen if I remember correctly.

                1. Keep Refrigerated
                  Angel

                  Re: re: Wankdorf

                  There's also a Wankvillage in Switzerland.

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                  2. Matt 33
                    Headmaster

                    Re: re: Wankdorf

                    Not only is there a Wankdorf just outside Berne in Switzerland, but it's also home to the national football stadium!

                    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge
                      Thumb Up

                      Re: re: Wankdorf

                      @Matt 33: the national football stadium, you say? Truely the right name then!

          2. Phalamir

            Re: There's a bunch in PA

            There is a Fisty n Kentucky; Fisty KY - which is pretty close to Happy KY. Also close to Dwarf o.O

        2. Aremmes

          Re: There's a bunch in PA

          Bird In Hand, PA (near Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Paradise)

          http://g.co/maps/cvjzf

          These towns are deep in Amish country.

      2. GrahamT
        Boffin

        Re: Meet the Fuckers?

        ..or twin with Condom in France.

    2. Andrew Moore Silver badge

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      I've always liked Gobblers Knob in PA- Home of Punxatawny Phil of Groundhog Day fame.

    3. Sid_the_Kid
      Happy

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      I'm proud to report that when a group of us called by in Pussy (French Alps) for photos, the town kept its sign.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      IF ITS ITINERANT BRITS WHO ARE STEALING THE SIGNS THEN WHY NOT JUST BOMB BRITAIN SEEMS A LOT SIMPLER THAN CHANGING A TOWN NAME

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Also known as Φούκινγκ, Фукинг, Фукінг, フッキング, 富金, 푸킹

    Can anyone validate those names?

    http://travelingluck.com/Europe/Austria/Oberösterreich/_2779155_Fucking.html

    1. Z80

      フッキング

      Japanese katakana - fukkingu

    2. Reginald Marshall
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Also known as Φούκινγκ, Фукинг, Фукінг, フッキング, 富金, 푸킹

      The first one looks like a correct Greek transcription, the second is valid Cyrillic for a number of languages (Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian off the top of my head), and the third is Ukrainian Cyrillic. I'll leave the presumed Japanese, Chinese and Korean transcriptions to those in the know.

      Paris because it suits the topic.

      1. Thomas 4

        Carry on Fucking

        That is all.

  3. tirk
    Unhappy

    If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

    I think it would be a shame. As it is in England where the once common "Gropecunt Lane" has been changed to "Grape Lane"and the like. I think language *should* challenge occasionally, and, yes, cause the odd awkward conversation with children.

    1. GitMeMyShootinIrons

      Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

      You can still drive up Butthole lane in Shepshed.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

        And up "Bottoms" in Halifax.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

          and there are big houses in mianus, in conneticut.

        2. Soruk

          Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

          There's also Pratt's Bottom - off the A21.

          You don't have to go to Austria to find Hucking - it's close to M2 J5, just off the A249 heading towards Maidstone.

          1. Code Monkey
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            Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

            There's also the terrific Bell End in the Black Country

            1. ElNumbre
              Thumb Up

              Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

              Yes - most awkward when you break down at the petrol station there, and have to tell the lady from the AA that you are stuck in Bell End Service Station.

              Also of note, Bell End is just a short and pleasurable journey from Lickey End.

      2. ElNumbre
        Joke

        Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

        "You can still drive up Butthole lane in Shepshed..."

        But is it a two way street?

    2. Steve Evans

      Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

      Plenty of fun places in the UK.

      Lady Hole (quite a few of those IIRC)

      Cocking in Hampshire

      Twatt in the Orkneys

      If you're hungry there's always North Curry in Somerset, which is just round the corner from Fivehead wood - Oooh err!

      Although one of my favourites is Booby Twin Road, which is in Andover, not far from Norway... So yes, it's in the states.

  4. croaker
    Boffin

    solutions people - please!

    put the town's signs 10m in the air and round off the bolts so they can't be undone.

    a fake webcam in day-glo orange nearby should do the trick

    1. Graham Marsden
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      Re: solutions people - please!

      Carve the name on a 10 tonne lump of granite.

      Let's see someone nick that...!

      1. stanimir

        Re: solutions people - please!

        You'd be vandalized via some tagging (graffiti)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: solutions people - please!

          Make the real signs hard to steal and sell reproductions at the petrol station.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: solutions people - please!

          Project the name onto the clouds?

          1. Graham Marsden
            Coat

            Project the name onto the clouds?

            Look, Intercourse Man, it's the Fucking signal.

            You're right, Condom Boy. To the Penismobile!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: solutions people - please!

      Electrical discharge on the metal plated sign would surely be orgasmic.

  5. Kev99 Bronze badge
    Happy

    Origin of Name?

    Maybe the town was actually named by the Hungarians after World War 1. (Think about it.)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Origin of Name?

      I am Hungarian and do not get your reference. Why would Hungarians name it after WWI, no Hungarians were in that area.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Origin of Name?

        Maybe its a reference to the Monty Python Hungarian phrasebook sketch? Other than that I'm stumped..

        .... I will not buy this record, it is scratched

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Origin of Name?

          I do not think so. I thought he might refer to the British propaganda during the war when the Germans (not Hungarians) were called Huns. Hungarians and Huns are not the same, anyway the village is in Austria, admittedly very close to the German border.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Origin of Name?

      Sorry Kev, I think we're all stumped.

      BTW, the Hungarian for "Trees" is a great word for an Englishman (who's other half is Hungarian).

      Szia.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, er, what about selling the signs?

    Seems like a simple solution to set up a sign-selling shop next to the sign(s).

    1. zen1
      Pint

      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      No kidding, think of all the revenue it would generate for that little town. Hell, I'd buy one. I say we vote on it: Aye if they should keep the name and tell the rest of the world to go fu... er.. screw off, or Nay, to bend over, grab the collective ankles and give in to political correctness.

      Long live fucking, may your rich heritage not be sullied by such a trivial complaint.

      1. Albert Hall

        Surely there's an opportunity in this...

        It's a very small place but they need a Fucking Tourism Commission or some such thing. Then develop a Fucking business plan and big up the Fucking name – by that I mean rename it "Great Fucking". The highway signs – "Great Fucking Ahead" will do the rest for them. Yes, I know it translates to Gross Fucking but that may be it's own kind of attractant – who knows? Anyway, with a little initiative they can all become rich Fuckers!

        A spa was suggested as another idea but somehow "Bad Fucking" doesn't have the quite the same cachet.

        1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

          Re: Surely there's an opportunity in this...

          Not to mention the advertising potential: "Come to Fucking Austria for your next holiday". Makes "Visit Britain" look naff.

        2. Evil Auditor Silver badge
          Coffee/keyboard

          Re: Surely there's an opportunity in this...

          @Albert Hall: It doesn't happen all too often but with your Gross suggestion you almost (tea's gone before) owe me a keyboard.

      2. Michael Nidd
        Childcatcher

        Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

        It's not political correctness. They aren't worried about offending anyone; it's the people who aren't offended but find it funny that are causing the problem.

    2. Levente Szileszky
      Thumb Up

      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      Exactly, that was my first thought too - how about turning the whole 'misery' (it really isn't) into a revenue source?

      And when someone taunts them they can proudly say "Yes, we make a lot of money out of Fucking - how about you?"

    3. Paul RND*1000

      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      Jolly good point.

      Virginia Beach has these signs up which denote "no swearing". I've never seen anything like them elsewhere. Many of the beachfront tat stores sell replicas of the sign. I briefly considered buying one.

      Might not work, but might be worth a try at least.

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