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Egyptian Father Names His Daughter "Facebook"

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the what's-in-a-name? dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "An Egyptian man has decided to show his appreciation towards Facebook for its role during the revolution in his country by naming his firstborn daughter Facebook. From the article: 'Egyptian dictator Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak was in power from 1981 until February 11, 2011, when he resigned after 18 days of protests. Facebook has been credited for helping organize regime-ending protests in the country. Although the Egyptian revolution saw some planning done via Twitter, direct text messages, and other forms of electronic communication, Facebook has come to symbolize all the forms of social media that people used to organize the revolutions in the Middle East.'"

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but...... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279546)

In Egyptian, Facebook means Precious Little Poop Machine.

Re:but...... (5, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280010)

Funny, that's what it means in English, too.

Re:but...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280316)

I find it hilarious how us hackers imagine anti-regime rebels equipped with Freenet, GPG, trusted rings and other crypto tools when the reality is that people use facebook over plaintext http and public twitter.

Re:but...... (2)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280494)

I find it hilarious how us hackers imagine anti-regime rebels equipped with Freenet, GPG, trusted rings and other crypto tools when the reality is that people use facebook over plaintext http and public twitter.

Tell that to the people of Iran who are still in jail.

Re:but...... (3, Insightful)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280620)

Yeah, well the movies imagine that James Bond drives a gadget laden supercar and basejumps off skyscrapers while having a gunfights with akimbo pistols. Yet the most excitement reality sees is writing Stuxnet...

Re:but...... (1)

Sobieski (1032500) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280304)

FYI, they speak Arabic in Egypt.

Re:but...... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280414)

Actually no, they speak "Egyptian Arabic", or "Egyptian" for short, a dialect that is very different from "Literary Arabic"

Re:but...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280940)

Oh snap diggity G! He just got toldizzled!

Re:but...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280346)

In India, there was a movie named 'Golmaal 3' where a pet dog was named Facebook. (Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Facebook-in-Golmaal-3/articleshow/6835339.cms )

Re:but...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281832)

I am Egyptian and it does not mean that, or it is in s3eedy or something :D

I guess the newly perceived freedoms (2)

Manfre (631065) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279580)

I guess high on the newly perceived freedoms the father wanted to make sure his daughter will be able to experience some of the hardships he faced throughout his life.

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279606)

His son will be named Sue.

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (4, Informative)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279984)

Ah that's nothing, if you want some really dodgy names go to the Philippines. Dildo, Lolita, Thumper, Flipper, Ding Dong and Hitler are a few that spring to mind. I love Filipinos but seriously.

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (4, Insightful)

theguyfromsaturn (802938) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281038)

Lolita is not a dodgy name. It's a perfectly acceptable short form of Dolores in Spanish. That English people have decided to turn it into a bad word is your thing. But it's not dodgy.

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (1)

tgeller (10260) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281150)

For the record: It was a Russian, Vladimir Nabokov, who turned Lolita into a "bad word". (He admittedly did it in English, though.)

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (1)

Pseudonym Authority (1591027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281442)

No, English readers of Nabokov turned it into a "bad word".

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281246)

My aunt named her kids Snap, Crackle, and Pop.

Re:I guess the newly perceived freedoms (3, Funny)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280064)

How Ironic though, since having a child is generally viewed as the second biggest destroyer of freedom, (after marriage.)

(Just Kidding honey, don't really mean it!)

Nice (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279602)


Goatse and Tubgirl changed my life, but I won't be naming offspring after them.

Re:Nice (1, Insightful)

dmmiller2k (414630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279948)

If you're into Goatse and Tubgirl, you may not have to worry about naming any offspring.

Re:Nice (0, Offtopic)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280072)

can someone describe tubgirl with as little detail, and certainly no link please.

No need to describe goatse...

Re:Nice (1, Offtopic)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280096)

nevermind, I got a sufficiently descriptive answer at yahoo answers. ugh

Re:Nice (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280400)

Another victim ! LOL

Re:Nice (2)

SilentStaid (1474575) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281182)

... our hearts are extended to the 17 recent victims of internet fraud.

http://bash.org/?434593 [bash.org]

Re:Nice (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280232)

Naked obese girl has explosive diarrhea in a bathtub. If that grossed you out, sorry man. But at least it's not as bad as for me : I can't unsee it :(

Re:Nice (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280444)

She was not obese

Re:Nice (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280452)

Its staged. The explosion is orange juice made to look like diarrhea.

Re:Nice (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281916)

Goatse and Tubgirl changed my life, but I won't be naming offspring after them.

But Goatse Tubgirl Grub has such a lovely ring to it!

lol (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279628)

lol.

Poor girl (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279636)

I guess if the dominate language isn't English, she won't be teased that much. Still I can think of some pretty terrible jokes.

The real question (2)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279656)

Will she accept my friend request?

Re:The real question (1)

dontmakemethink (1186169) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281732)

Will she let me 'poke' her?

No. (1)

Essequemodeia (1030028) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279670)

Someone tell New York Times Johnson he ain't trending no more.

I smell... (2)

gearsmithy (1869466) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279680)

a lawsuit.

Re:I smell... (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279700)

Being sued by Facebook is referred to as "Getting Zuckerpunched"...

Re:I smell... (2)

allo (1728082) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279956)

can facebook be sued by facebook?

Re:I smell... (1)

wickedskaman (1105337) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280664)

The recursive possibility is delicious.

Huh? (5, Funny)

slart42 (694765) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279690)

Facebook has been credited for helping organize regime-ending protests in the country.

How could she have helped organize protests when she has just been born?

Re:Huh? (1)

scarface71795 (1920250) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279834)

I see what you did there. Now stop it.

Re:Huh? (4, Informative)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279994)

You must not be a parent. Babies are born knowing how to protest, and they do it very well. Their protests usually center around food, overloaded diapers, and sleep. It's only a short step from there to political demonstrations.

Re:Huh? (4, Insightful)

imadork (226897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280216)

I've heard it said many times before that politicians and diapers should be changed frequently, and often for the same reasons.

Re:Huh? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281222)

Yep, politicians and diapers are both changed often because they turn out to be full of sh!t

No better reason (1)

dragonhunter21 (1815102) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279698)

I suppose there's few reasons better to name your daughter Facebook.

Punish the children... (1)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279702)

for the stupidity of the adults.

Account Creation Request DENIED (4, Funny)

jpapon (1877296) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279722)

Ironically, little Facebook was never able to sign up for an account due to the website's automatic filters.

This had the unfortunate effect of further handicapping her already struggling social life

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (2)

Pvt_Ryan (1102363) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279908)

Does creating an account called Facebook not cause facebook to crash?

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (1)

SilentStaid (1474575) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281208)

I have it on good authority that entering 'Google' as a search term breaks the internet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQUWUfmR_I [youtube.com]

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (1)

NoZart (961808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281680)

Do NOT type "Google" into Google! It breaks the Internet!!!!

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281798)

But how will I get to Google if I can't put it into Google??

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279968)

If, by the time, Facebook (the website) still exists. Remember eternal MySpace ?

Re:Account Creation Request DENIED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280736)

F**k facebook... we all had social life before facebook... when did facebook become such an important part of having a so called "social life" ?
Social life is about going out with real friends and doing stuff with other people... not having hundreds of virtual friends and staring at a screen 24x7.
Get a life!

Strange names aren't always bad (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279726)

Just ask Dweezil or Moon Unit Zappa.

Re:Strange names aren't always bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279810)

Strange names can be overcome easily with a rich/celebrity parent.

Re:Strange names aren't always bad (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279838)

Strange names can be overcome easily with a rich/celebrity parent.

I wonder if naming your firstborn Facebook is enough to make you a celebrity.

Re:Strange names aren't always bad (1)

wafflze (1396293) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280456)

How's this for names? My girl is pregnant, if its a boy; "I banged your mom" and if its a girl "Daddy didnt pull out" Do you think they will be socially acceptable?

Re:Strange names aren't always bad (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281854)

Do you think they will be socially acceptable?

Only one way to find out.

At least he went with the market leader... (1)

CaseM (746707) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279858)

Can you imagine if your 8 year old was named Myspace?

Re:At least he went with the market leader... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279880)


or a 3 year old named Zune. I guess that's not as bad as a 30 year old named TRS-80.

Re:At least he went with the market leader... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281614)

or a 3 year old named Zune. I guess that's not as bad as a 30 year old named TRS-80.

or little PS3

Zuckerberg et al (3, Interesting)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279870)

I wonder if this father and other Egyptians who used Facebook in their revolt know that Zuckerberg and many of the other founders of the service are Jews. Or that the Intel processors they use to access the site are designed by Jews in the Jewish state of Israel.

For those of you who don't know, when female reporter Lara Logan was attacked and sexually molested by an Egyptian mob, the attackers were shouting at "Jew, Jew, Jew!" at her. She isn't even Jewish, but there's a pathological hatred for Jews in much of the Middle East.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (1)

Pvt_Ryan (1102363) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279950)

To be fair if your ancestors had been struck with the Plagues of Egypt [wikipedia.org] just because they refused to give up their slaves you might be a tad annoyed as well.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (2)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280662)

It wasn't just because they wouldn't let their slaves go, it was because they wouldn't give up all their gods and worship the God of Israel. Throughout that section of Exodus, God "hardens the heart" of Pharaoh repeatedly specifically so Pharaoh wouldn't give up so easily and God could therefore plague them some more. The idea, apparently, was to try to convince the Egyptians of his (God's) power so they would worship him. Since they still didn't end up worshiping him after all that, God told his people to steal as much gold, silver, and jewelry as they could from their masters and get out of town. If the Bible is to be believed, they ended up stealing so much that much of Egypt ended up impoverished as a result.

So, if you take the Bible as the literal truth, it was less about freeing the Hebrews and more about trying to get the Egyptians to worship God, and then trying to break their backs when they didn't cooperate.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (2)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281344)

I believe it states that Pharaoh first hardens his own heart. After about the 5th plague, it talks about God hardening his heart.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281510)

Steal? Perhaps you need to read it again, the word "plundered" is used metaphorically. The Israelites asked for and received treasure from the Egyptians, and they gave it to them because they wanted them to leave. Exodus 12:

The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

As compensation for generations of forced slave labor, not unreasonable.

As to your other points, there was no invitation to the Egyptians to worship God that I am aware of, there was one request, let my people go. The plagues were done to let the Egyptians know that the Lord was the only god, and also to impress upon the Israelites that the Lord was their God. The back was broken by the plagues, not after (unless you are speaking of the crushing of Pharaoh's military at the sea). Yes, the teaching that God hardened Pharaoh's heart is hard to accept, but then how many good authors also harden the hearts of their stories' villains?

Re:Zuckerberg et al (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281604)

So, if you take the Bible as the literal truth, it was less about freeing the Hebrews and more about trying to get the Egyptians to worship God, and then trying to break their backs when they didn't cooperate.

If you take the bible as the literal truth, it was fulfilling God's promise to Abraham "I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you". According to that promise, when Pharaoh had the first born of the Israelites killed God was required to take revenge on their behalf as Abraham's descendants inherited the promise. In theory, the Egyptians could have been blessed by God without worship simply by being good to the Israelites. Additionally, the Egyptians had already been headed for impoverishment before the Israelites turned up, specifically Joseph, so that the curses returned them to the state they would have been in without the blessing brought by the Israelites which had been rewarded by enslavement.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281616)

No evidence has ever been found that any tribes of Israel were ever enslaved by Egyptians. The Jews are descended from the Canaanites that always lived in the area around Israel. They are closely related to the Palestinians. Unfortunately, that whole "Exodus" story appears to be entirely fictional. On the other hand, the tribe in East Africa claiming to be one of the lost tribes of Israel has been proven by DNA analysis to actually be descended from the original Jews.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280000)

Just like there is one for arabs/muslims where you live, it seems.

Re:Zuckerberg et al (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280412)

Just like there is one for arabs/muslims where you live, it seems.

Wow, that's funny. GP complains about anti-Semitism in Egypt, cites an example, and you make that out to be an attack on all "Arabs/Muslims".

I guess the GP hit a little too close to home for comfort.

Truth hurts, eh?

Ehm (5, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280184)

Egypt is a popular holiday destination for Israeli's. Remember that haters will always exist but most normal people are normal people. If Germans can visit Israel, Japanese can visit Korea/China, Americans can visit pretty much anywhere, Canadians can visit the US, Belgians can visit Holland etc etc then Jews can visit Egypt.

The real feelings in the middle east are far more complex then fits in a Fox news flash. In fact it is YOU that cares what religion a founder of a website is or even what the religion might be of a guy who worked on a cpu. YOU noticed this, not some random Egyptian whose own believes ain't even known.

Those protests you might have seen burning American/Israeli flags? Well, we know now what they really were. Staged protests not supported by the masses. We SAW what happened when the masses think something and gosh, no signs of hatred for the Zionists or the great Satan but for their own corrupt MUSLIM leaders.

Al Queda failed. They tried to install hatred and accomplished nothing. Peaceful protests without hate for other races/religions changed the region in a matter of weeks.

Do you judge the US by the KKK?

fancy but old... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279886)

Big deal, there are many Usnavy in Cuba !!!

Doesn't matter (1)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279930)

It'll probably come out as Razeel Cassid Fassbuk el Dar-min or something. She'll be fine.

From another perspective (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#35279940)

The name Facebook probably sounds a bit exotic and interesting to a foreign tongue. We English speakers do the same thing with foreign words as names; especially using foreign cities. Now, imagine meeting a German kid named Chicago or Macho. Probably the same to a European meeting an American girl named Paris or Allegra.

Re:From another perspective (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280176)

To be honest, to us Europeans, one of the weirdest things about Paris Hilton is that she has a boys name...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_%28mythology%29

First name Facebook, Last name: Sucks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35279986)

First name Facebook, Last name: Sucks?

I won't feel so bad... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280024)

when I have 2 daughters, naming the oldest "One" and the youngest "Cup". Cause I'm anonymous and that's what I do!

Not that bad (2)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280028)

Thank god they didn't use Yahoo! to organize themselves.

Re:Not that bad (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280982)

Serious?

Re:Not that bad (1)

NovaSupreme (996633) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281158)

Your signature is the best one ever. Too bad, I know your RSA private key now.

My daddy hates me! (1)

airfoobar (1853132) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280034)

Now all the other kids are making fun of me!

When he realizes his error... (2)

x0 (32926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280136)

When he realizes his error, will he name is newborn son 'Facepalm'?

m

inspiration! (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280206)

I'm going to name my firstborn filtydirtybackdoorsluts.com for all the help it gave me through my single years!

Incoming lawsuit (2)

space_jake (687452) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280312)

Facebook is still suing anything with "book" in its name right?

Re:Incoming lawsuit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281386)

Well there does exist a "Farcebook.com" a "Fatbook.com", also a "4facebook.com".... none are valid/serious websites, but the domains are still up. I also see a "Facebooksucks.com" whose purpose is to let people post complaints about FB....so IDK if FB sues everyone. Maybe there are so many on the To-Sue list that it takes a while to get shut down (Facebooksucks.com looks like a very new site, so they prob haven't received their cease-and-desist letter yet).

Poor girl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280352)

Cue the "Log into Facebook" jokes... well, not until she's legal I guess, but still.

They have idiots in Eygpt too! (0)

cstanley8899 (1998614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280358)

Don't worry "westerners"! Egyptians can be just as dumb and moronic as all of us!

There are worse names than "Facebook" (1)

ciaran.mchale (1018214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280424)

Like this one [thesun.co.uk] .

Second born will be named... (1)

TheStatsMan (1763322) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280442)

Facepalm.

Re:Second born will be named... (0)

TheStatsMan (1763322) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280518)

Curse you redundancy, curse you.

Cruel Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280490)

So what does the couple that conceives thanks to watching a YouPorn video do? Just askin.

Re:Cruel Joke (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281746)

Kid: Mom, how did you choose my name?
Mom: Well, Redtube, its like this ....

That's not right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35280500)

Isn't "Facebook" more of a boy's name?

tech company reputations change fast (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280798)

Yahoo and MicroSoft are considered has beens. Another Slashdot thread today questions if Google is that category. I wonder would it would like to like t be entering engineering school 20 years in future and be called FORTRAN or AOL.

Could be worse (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280922)

I think that, all things considered, such an arrangement is preferable to having sons named "Kalash" (from Avtomat Kalashnikova), which is a common practice in some African countries.

Fine with me, but... (1)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 3 years ago | (#35280962)

no complaints when she starts getting poked...

Didn't someone... (1)

Halifax Samuels (1124719) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281006)

Didn't someone in America try to name their kid ESPN (pronounced ehs-pin) and get sued over it, or was that just a rumor?

At least . . . (1)

bedouin (248624) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281228)

He didn't name her Porsche or Houston.

A conversation 15 years in the future... (1)

tool462 (677306) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281364)

A: Hey, I heard you Facebooked Facebook.
B: Yeah, I did. I looked at Facebook's Facebook and sure enough Facebook says her name is Facebook.
A: Haha. I wonder if she has a brother named Twitter.
B: What's Twitter?

Pill disfunction punish (1)

NoZart (961808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281662)

Way to get your kid beaten up at school on a regular basis....

Could be worse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35281778)

Make fun of him, but at least that name isn't some sort of made up, unspellable, illiterate appellation like two I recently saw. "Antwuyan" and "Dianjelos".

already torn? (1)

ideaz (1981092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35281892)

There goes her privacy...!
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