More about the pic of the week – Fucking, Austria

Fucking, AustriaYes, it is real. It’s a city in Austria.

Thought I’d add something fun for April Fool’s Day, although the city is real.

Fucking, Austria is a village in Tarsdorf in the north of Austria. The village is famous because of its name, and so its road signs are a popular tourist attraction. Us silly English-speakers. The signs were actually stolen often, but in 2005 they were modified to be theft-resistant. Strangely, the theft of the signs are the only crime ever reported in the village.

The village is believed to have been founded by a Bavarian nobelman named Focko, but this isn’t as strange as the habits of tourists after the signs were anti-theft: the village installed CCTV cameras in 2009 to stop tourists from filming themselves having sex in front of the signs.

Another strange anecdote: a German brewery was forbidden from naming one of their beers “Fucking Hell”. They appealed and the beer was allowed when the company explained it was named of the city, and the German term for pale lager: Hell.

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