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article imagePrank upsets residents of Spanish village with unusual name

By Anne Sewell     Jan 14, 2014 in Odd News
When a group of friends stole a road sign from the little Spanish village of Villapene, they really upset the locals. Due to a possible, and rather rude, meaning of the name, they merely wanted to use it as a prop in a joke wedding photo.
The full name of the town is actually "Santa María de Vilapene," but it tends to be shortened to simply "Villapene." A rough translation of the name into English could read as "Penisville," hence the popularity of the sign.
Boys will be boys, and the group of friends thought it would be hilarious to use the town's sign in a photo taken at their friends' wedding as a joke, which they then posted on Facebook.
Apparently the locals in Villapene were a little unhappy with the prank, and the guys did apologize and give the sign back.
The whole story came to light after some young people living in the small Galician village were concerned as to why the town's road signs kept vanishing. They then tracked it down to a Facebook profile, which showed the errant young people, gathered around one of the missing signs, apparently at a wedding.
In fact, the photo was an instant hit on Facebook and around other social media sites, after the story was published in La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish).
The newly-wed couple have now made apologies to the village residents. It turns out the groom was originally from Villapene, which is why his friends thought it would be such a good joke.
The new husband told La Voz de Galicia, "They (my friends) meant to return it the day after the wedding but they either forgot or were just too lazy and they never did."
"There was no real malice but I’m sorry to the people of Villapene for all the hassle."
Hopefully the town has a sense of humor and will forgive the errant newlyweds and their friends.
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