The Austrian Village of ‘F***ing’ Fights to Change Dirty Name

NEW YORK | Thursday, April 19th, 2012 6:27am EDT

The Austrian village of F—ing is to vote on a name change to escape the constant ridicule and attention the name attracts the hamlet.

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The 104 residents of the village will cast their votes later this week to decide whether it’s necessary or not to alter the name. Photo: Kim Davies/Flickr

An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it.

“People are now willing to discuss changes to the spelling of the name,” Franz Meindl, the village’s mayor, said in a television interview. “But first all F—ingers have to agree on whether want to change it or not.”

The tiny Austrian village has had not any troubles until US troops, stationed in the area at the end of the Second World War, discovered it, and since then the village’s name has been a constant source of amusement for tourists and irritation for locals, reports The Telegraph.

According to The Daily Mail, the residents of the village intend to vote on a switch and the 16th century version of the name ‘Fugging’ is likely to be adopted. It may be an end to the random telephone calls which recipients find considerably less amusing than the people making them.

“The phone calls are really the final straw”, admitted Meindl.

Drivers have complained that they are fed up with naked couples romping in front of the signs, and local entrepreneurs made the situation worse by flogging off F*****g postcards, Christmas cards and F*****g beer.

Mayor Meindl said: “I always wanted the name to stay but it’s just got too much now. The only problem is that we need all of the F*****g residents to agree to the name change, everyone needs to agree for it to happen. As you can imagine there are heated discussions about the name change.”

Residents last voted on the subject in 1996 and decided to save the dirty name of the village despite problems caused by American servicemen from across the border in Germany that drove to the region just to be photographed in front of signs.

“We had a vote on whether to rename the town, but decided to keep it as it is. After all, F—ing has existed for 800 years, probably when a Mr. F— or the F— family moved into the area,” the town’s then-mayor Siegfried Hauppl explained in 2005. “The ‘ing’ was added as a word for settlement.”

If the village name is changed, the residents will be following in the footsteps of stadium bosses in Switzerland who were forced to change their name from Wankdorf because red-faced stars were too embarrassed to play there.

The name of the venue – in Bern – was changed to Stade de Suisse after concert dates dried up.

One of the few who did not cancel was Robbie Williams who played in front of 40,000 fans and asked the crowd: “Is this place really called ‘Wankdorf’? What kind of name is that?”

The name is taken from a neighbourhood in Bern and comes from the word ‘Wank’ meaning to sway or rock from side to side and ‘Dorf’ meaning village.

If the name change does go ahead there will still be plenty to amuse the pranksters when F*****g vanishes.

By the way, in the online Austrian telephone book can be found such villages as ‘Oberf***ing’ ‘Windpassing’ and ‘Rottenegg’.

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