After decades of F – – king international controversy, media mockery and stolen street signs — the small town with an unintentionally offensive name was finally rechristened: Fugging.
Alas, after enduring years of abuse, the infamous Austrian town of F – – king’s official swap of one F-word for another has gone totally unheralded.
The village of 100 residents actually voted to alter the problematic appellation way back in November 2020 — but quietly made the moniker makeover official on January 1.
“I can confirm that the village is being renamed,” Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, the municipality where the newly censored village is located, told local media at the time. “I really don’t want to say anything more — we’ve had enough media frenzy about this in the past.”
Holzner’s wholesome wish almost came true — until the UK’s self-proclaimed “Ultimate Rude Trip” tourist put her Fugging town back on the curiosity map. Nicholas Hale, 50, brought the Fugging name change to light this summer while hyping his tour of towns with outrageous names: C – – t in Romania, Butthole Lane in Leicestershire, Titty Ho in Northamptonshire, Turkey C – – k Lane in Essex, Wank Mountain in Germany and, yes, the now politely named Fugging in Austria.
“It’s a pathetic obsession really, but I think everyone can relate a little bit,” Hale, a comedian and singer told Caters News. “Whenever most people see a rude place name, they have a little childish chuckle to themselves. Some of the places I make a special trip to, some I research once I know where I’m headed with work and some I just come across by chance.”
Sounds like fun and games — but now Mayor Holzner is no doubt bracing for another stream of sophomoric travelers, who previously made pilgrimages to her town just so they could snatch a F – – king photo op next to its expletive-emblazoned signpost for social-media guffaws.
The F – – king town signs were also frequently subject to theft by souvenir-seeking tourists, which prompted authorities to encase their bases in concrete to keep them from getting ripped out of the ground.
Despite its previously profane name, F – – king’s title actually means “(place of) Focko’s people” after the Bavarian nobleman who allegedly founded the town in the 6th century, according to the Telegraph. A map from 1825 bore the village name of F – – king — but some experts believe the name only dates back to the 11th century.
Either way, “Ultimate Rude Tripper” Hale said residents should shut up and appreciate their Fugging good fortune: “In so many of these places, people complain because they see house prices drop due to the street or village name — which is crazy, really, as I’m sure they could capitalize on it.”
No word on whether local entrepreneurs — who once earned mayoral scorn for profiting on the lewd name by making “F – – king” Christmas cards and a “F – – king” beer — will get back to business.
With Post wires.
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