Despite having a population of only 104 in 2005, the village has become famous for its unusual place name in the English-speaking world. Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant.
It is believed that the settlement was founded in the 6th century by Focko, a Bavarian nobleman. The existence of the village was documented for the first time in 1070, and historical records show that some twenty years later, the lord was Adalpertus de Fucingin. The spelling of the name has evolved over the years; it is first recorded in historical sources with the spelling as Vucchingen in 1070, Fukching in 1303,Fugkhing in 1532, and in the modern spelling Fucking in the 18th century, which is pronounced with the vowel oo as in book. The ending -ing is an old Germanic suffix indicating the people belonging to the root word to which it is attached, thus Fucking means "(place of) Focko's people."
On 1 September 1858, SS Austria captained by F. A. Heydtmann sailed from Hamburg on her third voyage to New York City. At approximately 12:00, on 13 September, at coordinates 45°01′N41°30′W / 45.017°N 41.500°W / 45.017; -41.500, a decision was made to fumigatesteerage by dipping a red-hot chain into a bucket of tar; the chain became too hot for the boatswain to hold, and it was dropped onto the deck, which immediately burst into flames; although the ship was traveling at only half speed it was impossible to stop the engines as the engine crew had become asphyxiated. When the helmsman abandoned the wheel, the ship swung into the wind, spreading the flames down the length of the ship, racing through the mahogany veneer and varnished bulkheads, as passengers jumped into the sea. The passing barque, Maurice of France rescued most of the survivors, and the Catarina of Norway picked up more the next morning. As the blackened hulk was left to sink, all but 65 of 538 passengers were lost.
Austria and German-speakingAlpine regions ... A personal favourite of mine when it comes to disturbing Christmas traditions is Krampus, who is pictured as a crotchety demon, bearing teeth, ringed horns and third-degree burns ... He appears on Christmas cards throughout Austria, and ...
According to a scientific study published in the journal Current Biology, workers at a salt mine in Austria were eating blue cheese and drinking beer some 2,700 years ago. The discovery was made after scientists analyzed debris found in the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps.
It is no secret that beer and cheese go hand in hand — but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago ...A 2,600-year-old chunk of human excrement from the Hallstatt salt mines in Austria is pictured in an undated photograph.
But according to a scientific study published Wednesday, workers at a salt mine in Austria were already enjoying blue cheese and beer as far back as 2,700 years ago ...Scientists made the discovery by analyzing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps.
Ancient human faeces unearthed from a mine in central Austria has provided evidence that people drank beer and ate blue cheese some 2,700 years ago ... Ancient human faeces (pictured) unearthed from a mine in central Austria has provided evidence that people drank beer and ate blue cheese some 2,700 years ago.
The feces, which was taken from the Hallstatt-Dachstein salt mine in what's now western Austria, was part of a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Wednesday. 2,600-year-old human excrement from the Hallstatt salt mine ... An archaeologist standing in the middle of layers of accumulated mining debris including paleofeces.
It's no secret that beer and cheese go hand in hand -- but a new study reveals how deep their roots run in Europe, where workers at a salt mine in Austria were gorging on both up to 2,700 years ago. Scientists made the discovery by analyzing samples of human excrement found at the heart of the Hallstatt mine in the Austrian Alps.
A study of paleofeces in prehistoric salt mines in Austria suggests that miners drank beer and ate blue cheese 2,700 years ago. Researchers studied ancient fecal samples from the prehistoric salt mines in the AustrianUNESCOWorld... Paleofeces samples from Hallstatt salt mines .