Have you been to F*cking yet?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 7:35am IST | Agency: DNA
This and more places with bizarre tales are sprinkled around the globe. Read on for some fascinating tales

A visit to these places will definitely be an experience to remember. Here's what you should look for before you land at any of these destinations.

Welcome to F*cking, Austria
No, this is not a joke. But this is the name that finds its way on many envelopes that reach the houses in this town in Austria. In fact, in 2005 the town had to take extreme measure to ensure it's name was not stolen. The town now has erected theft-proof road signs embedded in concrete blocks.' Officials acted because they were fed up with English-speaking tourists stealing them as souvenirs. After the last 'Welcome to F*cking' sign was stolen, Mayor Siegfried Hauppl ordered brand new theft-proof road signs. It is believed that the settlement was founded in the 6th century by Focko, a Bavarian nobleman. The spelling 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 F*cking in the 18th century.

The ending - ing is an old Germanic suffix indicating the people belonging to the root word to which it is attached, thus F*cking means place of Focko's people.

Bunny Hill

Members of a Viennese art group created this massive, stuffed pink rabbit on the side of Colletto Fava mountain in northern Piedmont region of Italy. The art piece, which has been created on the 5,000 foot high hill, is around 200 feet in lenghth and 20 feet high on its sides. The work will remain at Colletto Fava until 2025. Not only can you view the artwork, but you can also rest against it when you reach the top of the hill.

As small as it gets

It's impossible to take a a walk in this park. Not because you need to be part of some exclusive group, but simply because it's impossible to strp inside. Mill Ends Park, Portland, Oregon has the distinction of the being the smallest park in the world. Guinness Book of Records first granted it this recognition in 1971. The total area of the part is two feet across in a traffic median which in 1948 was intended to be the site for a light pole. The park was created on St. Patrick's Day, 1948.

Steep walk

Walking up this steep street can be a great workout. Baldwin Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, is said to be the world's steepest street. Howver, there has been a controversy post the claim as it emerged that the entry in the Guinness Book of Records was based on a typographical error, claiming a maximum gradient of 1:1.266 (38° or 79%). This would be impossible to walk up. Canton Avenue, in the Pittsburgh neighbourhood of Beechview, may be steeper; it is officially measured to be a 37% grade. Howver, Guinness Book officially recognizes Baldwin Street as the world's steepest street at a 35% grade.

The End of the World Cinema

A French visited decided to create the End of the World Cinema at the bottom of a desert mountain range. He brought all the required material including 150 wooden seats that are still in place from Cairo. However, on the evening of the grand opening the clectricity generator was sabotaged. No movies were screened here after the incident. However, the 150 wooden seats minus any patron continue to inhabit the place.

The loneliest phone booth in the world

Some miners decided that it would be a good idea to put a phoone booth in the middle of the Mojave Desert in 1960. Long after they left, the booth remained, waiting for someone to call. In 1997, a guy named Deuce read about the booth and called the number and continued to call until a desert dweller named Lorene answered. Many people are facinated by this lone phone booth. In fact a man from texas camped here over 32 days and answered over 500 calls.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

No, that's not a keyboard gone crazy, but is actually a real name of a station and village in Wales. In English, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (58 letters)means "Saint Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio near the red cave." Locals call it Llanfairpwll (pronounced thlan vire puth), others call it L56h. According to the town folk, the name was created in the early 19th century by a local humourist. Internet sites normally have a maximum of 28 letters but the rules were bent for L56h. Apprently, before 19th century the village was known as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll - St Mary's church near the pool by the white hazels. To encourage train travellers to stop off, a cobbler suggested stretching the name. Local author John Williams believes that a tailor coined the tongue-twisting name to confuse the English.

Fertility treatment

The village monastery in Punakha, Bhutan, was built in honour of Lama Drukpa Kunley who lived in the 15-16th century and who was popularly known as the "Mad Saint" or "Divine Madman" for his unorthodox ways of teaching. He was also known as the Saint of Fertility. Today, phallic symbols adorn buildings everywhere in the village en route to the temple and are even sold in the village shop. The monks in the temple also tap you on the head with a wooden phallus and a replica of the mad monk's bow and arrow (he rid the village of witches and fierce dogs according to folklore). The phallus paintings can surprise you, but people come from various parts of the country to be blessed with fertility.




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