Towns with Strange Names
As a place name,
Fucking is benign in the German language.
However, due to increased notoriety, road signs
are commonly stolen in Fucking, Austria, as souvenirs ---
the only crime which has been reported in the village.
It cost some 300 euros to replace each stolen sign,
and the costs were reflected in the taxes that local residents pay.
In 2004, owing mainly to the stolen signs,
a vote was held on changing the village's name,
but the residents voted against doing so.
Tarsdorf municipality's mayor Siegfried Höppl stated
that it was decided to keep the name as it had existed for 800 years,
and further stated that "Everyone here knows what it means in English,
but for us Fucking is Fucking ---
and it's going to stay Fucking."