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Theft Proof Road Signs
Here's some brief Friday afternoon humor as we head into the long holiday weekend. There is a town in Austria that has an unfortunate name. I'm not going to write it here, but the photo and links on this page will clearly illustrate the word. (Just to be safe, I should caution readers that the links include profanity, but only to describe the name of this poor place.) Seems that English speaking tourists just can't get enough of the "Welcome to _____" signs, forcing city officials to take extreme measures. They have bolted and welded road signs to steel posts embedded in concrete to stop the continuous thefts.
So what the F? How did this tiny town get named? According to Wikipedia, it is named after a man from the 6th century called Focko. "Ing" is an old Germanic suffix meaning "people"; which forms the lovely "place of Focko's people", pronounced "fooking". We all know it's not nice to steal, and visitors traveling through a quaint town not far from Salzburg surely have better things to be doing. Shame on them. Yet still I chuckle. Sometimes it's the silly things that get me through…
[via The Morning News]