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