The rudest place names in the world

Here’s a bunch of destinations that have, shall we say, “interesting” names

The Austrian town of Fucking has problems with visitors stealing their road signs. The problem got so bad that a vote was taken as to whether they should change the name of the town to reduce taxes (each stolen sign costs the town 300 euros to replace).

The signs of this Austrian town keep disappearing — Shutterstock
The signs of this Austrian town keep disappearing, mysteriously — Shutterstock

The name change idea failed. “Fucking is Fucking, and it will stay Fucking,” said defiant mayor Siegfried Höppl. Good for Fucking, I say. Here’s a bunch of other places that have, shall we say, “interesting” names. Obviously, this list is not designed to offend, more to offer a bit of a giggle. Let’s investigate, shall we?

Shitterton, England

 
 
 
 
 
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#Dorset has some interesting place names #shittowns #shitterton #shit #uk #places #travel #bereregis

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The town of Shitterton in Dorset, England took a more practical approach to sign theft, replacing theirs with a huge slab of stone that has the name of the town carved into it. Much harder to nick, you see.

Climax, Spunky Puddle, USA

There are four separate places in the USA named Climax, prosaically named because they were located at summits, or high points along railway lines. Spunky Puddle, Ohio, dried up long ago: it’s now a ghost town, abandoned by miners years previously. The etymology of its name remains, happily, a mystery.

Playa de Poo, Asturias, Spain

Once you get past the name, Playa de Poo is actually a beautiful beach — Shutterstock
Once you get past the name, Playa de Poo is actually a beautiful beach — Shutterstock

Fancy going for a swim at Poo Beach? Us neither. But if it does take your fancy, northern Spain is the place to be. It’s actually a beautiful beach, once you get past the name.

A pair of Tits, Algeria

One Tit is slightly bigger than the other — habib kaki/flickr
One Tit is slightly bigger than the other — habib kaki / flickr

There’s Tit, Adrar Province, and Tit, Tamanrasset Province. One is slightly bigger than the other. That’s all I’m saying.

Nervous Knob, New Zealand

“Just so you know, it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to most men, and it is a big deal!” If you’re on New Zealand’s South Island, just be gentle. Although there are places called Bob’s Knob in New Zealand and Australia, so whoever Bob was, he got around.

Dildo, Canada; Dildo, Chad

The Dildo's residents are quietly proud of its cheeky notoriety — Derek Blackadder/Flickr
The Dildo’s residents are quietly proud of its cheeky notoriety — Derek Blackadder / Flickr

Like Fucking, there have been numerous campaigns to change the name of this small fishing town in Newfoundland to something less giggle-worthy, and all have failed. The residents (“Dildoeans”; no, really) are quietly proud of its cheeky notoriety. The African version, meanwhile, has its own airport. That’s right. Dildo Airport.

Vagina, Russia

You have no idea what researching this article has done to my search algorithms.

Le Grand Sex, Switzerland

It’s a mountain peak, not just a Swiss boast. Although scrolling down the results for this did throw up an article entitled “Switzerland’s drive-in ‘sex boxes’ are a great success, say officials”, so now I don’t know what to think.

Arse, Indonesia

The whole district is called Arse — Christian Advs Sltg / Wikimedia Commons
A whole district in Indonesia is called Arse — Christian Advs Sltg / Wikimedia Commons

It’s an entire district, in fact. Yep, the Arse district. There’s also an Anus in Indonesia, and a language named the same. So next time you accuse someone of talking out of their backside, just consider that.

Sasmuan, the Philippines

 
 
 
 
 
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The town with a censorable name. #sasmuan #pampanga #indungbalayan

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The name was changed in 1991 due to embarrassment. Spoilsports. Imagine telling people you spent your life in its original name – Sexmoan.