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Curses! Austrian town fights to change dirty name

Having endured countless prank calls and rampant thefts of street signs for years, a small Austrian hamlet with an unfortunate name is reportedly fighting with another over a new identity.

Tired of ridicule, town's plan to change name reportedly opposed by village of Fugging

Having endured countless prank calls and rampant thefts of street signs for years, a small Austrian hamlet with an unfortunate name is reportedly fighting with another over a new identity.

The town of F--king, Austria, is home to roughly 100 people. Fully aware of why it has long been the butt of many jokes — with English-speaking tourists having been known to photograph themselves having sex near street signs — its residents recently voted to try to change its name to Fugging, British tabloid The Daily Mirror reported.

But there was another problem, the newspaper reported. Just 322 kilometres south, there already exists a Fugging, Austria.

The mayor of that town, Andreas Dockner, was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "We think one Fugging in Austria is enough."

The name for that town was also changed from F--king back in 1836, the newspaper reported.