Sunday, November 07, 2010

A Fucking Town

The prank call is one of the oldest tricks in the book; people have been falling for them ever since Alexander Graham Bell started calling people up to ask if their iceboxes were running. But residents of an Austrian village are getting way more prank calls than usual, all thanks to the name of their tiny town.


Also called Frigging, Austria by residents who are under 18.

British pranksters discovered a directory of the village's phone numbers and are using it to make calls constantly, which presumably go something along the lines of, "Say, are you F*cking? You are? Well I won't distract you then! Pip pip cheerio!" The residents, or F*ckingers, as they are called (no, seriously), aren't amused; especially since the village only has 104 people living in 32 houses, which averages out to a lot of prank calls per citizen.

This is just the latest event in a long line of pranks played at the town's expense. It was once common for tourists to steal road signs from the village, until they were secured with steel and concrete in 2006 (because when you're Frost-ing, you should always use protection). And in 2009, cameras were installed to keep an eye on the signs, since some tourists decided to film themselves having sex underneath them. Maybe they should try going to Intercourse, Pennsylvania instead.


Here's a voyeurs' look at Frost-ing from space.

Despite all the unwanted attention, the town's mayor insists that they'll never change their name; they've had it since 1070, and they aren't going to abandon tradition because of a few pranks by drunken Englishmen. They're not going to try and cash in on their popularity like other hilariously named towns either (despite the encouragement of the sellouts in Wank, Switzerland), so the village will just have to keep putting up with calls like this.









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