A small Austrian village was once named after Focko, a 6th Century Bavarian nobleman, and the modern spelling of “F*cking” was adopted in the 18th Century.
All 104 residents of the Upper Austrian town near the German border are set to vote later this week to rename themselves something less… crude. They are considering changing the name to “Fugging” instead.
Local residents have grown tired of tourists constantly laughing at their name and stealing town signs. At least 13 of the road signs in the village have been stolen. Many tourists have also posed naked in front of the village sign for a humorous photograph.
When ordering from a menu in Austria, you might find yourself saying some offensive racial slurs simply because these words are included in the names of traditional Austrian dishes. An Austrian equality organization is calling for these inappropriate historical recipes to be renamed.
In Austria, there is a type of dark double-baked rye bread which is called “Negerbrot”. This name translates to “(N-word) Bread” and is one of the most unpolitically correct menu items. There is also “Zigeunerschnitzel” which is a traditional pork cutlet made with pepper and onion sauce, but the name translates to “Gypsy Steak”. Another dish is a chocolate cake called “Mohr in Hemd” or “Moor in a Shirt” which refers to the North Africans who have migrated to Europe over the centuries. Last but not least there is also spaghetti alla puttanesca – which literally means “whore’s spaghetti.”
Some are arguing that this idea of renaming traditional dishes is taking political correctness too far. However, the spokesperson for the Association of Austrian Restaurateurs stated that “Our job is all about welcoming people and for this reason we should offer a good example.”
The names will be changed to simply descriptive terms which reflect the dish, such as “very dark bread” and “chocolate cake with cream”. The new names might be boring, but at least they will not offend anyone.
A bridge which spans across the Morova River from Slovakia into Austria could be renamed after the legendary American action film star Chuck Norris.
The people of Slovakia are voting for the name of the bridge, and at the moment Chuck Norris is winning with a vote of 74%. The star is very popular in Slovakia and is often he punchline in jokes about his macho strength, such as:
When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.
Once a grizzly bear threatened to eat Chuck Norris. Chuck showed the bear his fist and the bear proceeded to eat himself, because it would be the less painful way to die.
Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
The final decision on the name of the bridge will be made by the regional assembly on whether or not the bridge will be named in honor of the notoriously tough film star.