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April 20, 2012

Small Town in Austria Wants to Change Its F**king Naming

FuckingAustria.pngFor some inexplicable reason the small town of Fucking, Austria really wants to change its name which originated from a Sixth Century Bavarian nobleman named Focko.

But this wasn't the first time the residents attempted to change the town's name. In 1996, the change was voted down.

The Mayor, Franz Meindl, explained they "need all of the F**king residents to agree to the name change."

Yes, he really said that.

The gawking first began near the end of World War II, when American servicemen who were stationed nearby first discovered the town.

The 104 villagers of F**king, who refer to themselves as Fuckingers, are tired of the "endless jokes" about their name. One resident complains, "There's snickering, always snickering."

Outsiders have been known to frequently steal town signs and even call the F**king residents as a prank.

"The phone calls are really the final straw" says the mayor. The problem is that they want to call the town Fugging, however there is another village bearing the name 200 miles south, and the mayor of Fugging believes "one Fugging in Austria is enough."

That name has been used in Fugging, Austria since 1836 when they, too, dropped the name F**king.

In any event, Norman Mailer would have been interested to know that there was a town called Fugging.

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Mailer first used the word "fug," in lieu of "f**k," in his famous novel The Naked and the Dead. The word was supposed to reflect the coarse language of the G.I.s in World War II without offending the audience.

This led Dorothy Parker to comment, upon meeting him, "So, you're the man who can't spell 'f**k.'"

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