Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fucking, Austria


The title isn't what you are thinking. Fucking (pronounced Fooking) is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the region of western Upper Austria. It has been called "Fucking since since at least 1070. As a result of increasing attention from the media, Fucking has become more and more well-known throughout the world.

However, it is not just the uniqueness of the name which makes this such an extraordinary place, the atmosphere also makes this somewhere special.

Fucking's most famous feature is a traffic sign with its name on it, beside which tourists often stop to have their photograph taken. It is a commonly stolen street sign. Significant public funds have been spent on replacing the stolen signs.

In 2004, mainly due to the stolen signs, a vote was held on changing the village's name, but the residents voted against doing so. In August 2005, the road signs were replaced with theft-resistant signs welded to steel and secured in concrete to prevent further chances of the sign being stolen. Few thefts have since occurred, but remain a problem.

Here is a video from the Graham Norton show making fun of the village.

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