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Fucking Is No More in Austria

As of January 1st, 2021, Fucking, Austria will be changing its name, because after all, what’s in a name? For the people of this unfortunately named town, a whole lot of headaches. (1)

Fucking, Austria To Change Its Name

Fucking, Austria has held its seemingly crude name for about 1,000 years. As travel increased and the internet was invented, however, that name began to give the townspeople a lot of problems. (1)

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Though it did cause a rise in tourism, it wasn’t exactly for the right reasons. After having their town sign stolen one-too-many times, they have decided that enough is enough. As of January 1st, 2021, Fucking, Austria will be named Fugging, Austria. (1)

As of now, it is uncertain what will happen to the names of nearby towns Oberfucking and Unterfucking. (1)

Not All Bad

This is sad news, of course, for those who enjoyed traveling to towns with strange names and taking pictures of their signs. Most of the locals will be pleased to have the town name’s spelling match more closely with its pronunciation, however, some used the name as a form of activism. (1)

An example of this is when some locals put a sign above the town sign that read “Our climate is” and another below that said “important!”. These people will have to find another way to get their message across to the masses from now on. (1)

Towns With Strange Names

Thankfully there are still plenty of odd town names that you can get a good kick out of:

1. Hell, Michigan

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2. Rough and Ready, California

3. Chugwater, Wyoming

4. Random Lake, Wisconsin

5. Forks of Salmon, California

6. Why, Arizona

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7. Whynot, Mississippi

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8. Boring, Oregon

9. Peculiar, Missouri

10. Accident, Maryland (Fucking, Austria is an accidental name. This one is not)

11. Nameless, Tennessee

12. Hot Coffee, Mississippi

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13. Deadhorse, Alaska

14. Bacon, Indiana

15. Beer Bottle Crossing, Idaho

16. Blowhard, Victoria, Australia

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17. Cheesequake, New Jersey

18. Condom, France

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19. Disappointment Island, Auckland, New Zealand

20. Fart, Virginia (It’s no Fucking, Austria, but this name is still a gas)

21. Greasy, Oklahoma

23. Lost, Scotland

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24. Sexi, Santa Cruz, Pero

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25. Sweet Lips, Tennessee

26. Ugley, Essex, England

27. Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, Wales, UK (yes, this is a real place).

28. Upperthong, West Yorkshire, England

29. Yum Yum, Tennessee

30. Useless Loop, Western Australia, Australia

31. Nowhere Else, Tasmania, Australia

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We’re not sure who is coming up with these ‘Fucking’ names, but whoever it clearly has an interesting sense of humor. I think I’ll still have to visit Fucking, Austria even after the name change.

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Julie Hambleton
The Hearty Soul Team
Julie Hambleton has a BSc in Food and Nutrition from the Western University, Canada, is a former certified personal trainer and a competitive runner. Julie loves food, culture, and health, and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others make positive changes and live healthier lives.