Tired of mockery, Austrian village tweaks its name to Fugging

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An Austrian village is changing its name after residents apparently grew tired of the sniggers it prompted in the English-speaking world and of visitors stealing its signs.

The village, originally named Fucking, has long been a figure of fun in English-speaking media, which have gleefully reported local exasperation at signs being removed.

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In 2018 the pornographic website Pornhub said it was offering free premium access to residents of the village and towns with names such as Titz, Germany or Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

“I am confirming that it has in fact been decided by the local council. I will not say any more about it,” mayor Andrea Holzner told Reuters. The decision was also posted on the local council’s website.

As of January 1st the village will be called Fugging, the official statement said, adding that the initiative had been brought by the residents of the village.

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