Austria’s Fugging dreams of the quiet life under new name

FUCKING, Austria–Deep in the Austrian countryside, the newly-named village of Fugging is hoping it will soon quietly slip back into the anonymity it was destined for had it not been for the notoriety — and unwanted tourists — attracted by its previous one.

Indeed, even though the village isn’t officially getting rid of the name of Fucking until January 1, no time has been wasted in replacing the road signs.

“It had become unbearable, people would go by giving us the finger,” an elderly local resident — one of the few willing to talk to outsiders — told AFP.

“We didn’t do it gladly, it costs money but we had no other option,” she went on, recalling how the village’s road…

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