I was still trying to decide what to write about today, when my sister sent me the following:
Seems there's a town in Austria called Fucking (pronounced fooking, like booking, looking, cooking....)
Here's where it's situated on the map in the Alpine wonderland of Austria:
And here's the article from I-don't-know-what-newspaper about a series of thefts by British tourists who keep absconding with the town's signs:
(Click on the image for a larger view.)
I was dubious about this, but then I checked the urban myth buster, Snopes, and they confirmed that, yes, Virginia, there is a Fucking, Austria! http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/austria.asp
More than having their signs stolen though, the real insult is in the article. The headlines says, "Germans not amused."
Austrians aren't Germans. They only speak German. Nothing irks an Austrian more than to be called a German. That's like saying the Irish are English or that West Virginians are Virginians (which is partially true, but is more insulting to ethnic Virginians than it is to West Virginians.)
Sheesh. Germans? Not even. As for Fucking, Austria, well... that's another thing all together now, isn't it?