ibusinesslines.com August 21, 2018

Hey pancake lovers! IHOP is changing its name

10 June 2018, 09:29 | Kelvin Horton

IHOP. Jeffrey Greenberg UIG via Getty Images

IHOP Changing Name IHOB

Now, we're flippin' our name to IHOb. Many suggested that "b" could stand for "breakfast" (makes sense) but a pole conducted by the pancake joint revealed that 41% of consumers think that it could be "b" for "bacon". In one photo shared on Twitter, people are seen looking on as workers change the text on both a tall sign next to an IHOP restaurant, and a smaller sign seen on the restaurant itself.

But for one corner of Twitter - Arabic speakers - the mysterious "b" actually made ideal sense.

Take a look at Twitter reactions for IHOP changing its name to IHob in the slideshow above.

"For those of us with Arabic-speaking parents, its been "IHOB" from the very start", said Ala'a Ibrahim. Across the Middle East, Pepsi is known as "Bebsi" and Pizza is "Bizza".

"Or International House of OB tampons".

So for many Arabs, IHOP has always been known as IHOB. Nobody knows. This week, they have been going back and forth with Twitter users about the possibilities, never fully releasing its meaning.

On Wednesday morning, IHOP announced on its Facebook page that on June 18, it will change its name by flipping the P (for "pancakes") to a B. The restaurant chain has about 1,650 locations.

But as IHOP/IHOb continued tweeting about its unexplained name change, things "kept getting weirder", as one Arabic speaker said.

When a tweet from Patrick Ford begged the company to "stop b-ing elusive and tell me what is the answer b!", the company responded, "batience, Batrick, batience".

Other News

Trending Now

LaVar Ball supports Warriors avoiding Donald Trump, White House
Stephen Curry , who's LeBron's opposition on the court, is on board with him on the anti-Trump train. Smith ahead of Game 4 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors .

Dozens Of Afghan Security Personnel Killed In Taliban Attacks
Afghan officials say Taliban militants have killed over 40 government security personnel in attacks across the country. But the group said its attacks against US-led troops stationed in the country will continue unabatedly in any area.

Trump decides to leave G7 meeting in Quebec early after trade dispute
ET, looking at what appeared to be a draft document marked up with the highlighter. He also said the US was so disadvantaged it had nothing to lose in a trade war .

Dead Or Alive 6 announced with 2019 release date
More fighters will join the final roster, including both fighters from previous entries and completely new characters. Otherwise, as IGN's hands-on preview shows, Dead or Alive 6 still feels like a Dead or Alive game at its heart.

Kanye West & Kid Cudi Release ‘Kids See Ghosts’
It is believed that Japanese artist Takashi Murakami , who created the artwork for Kanye's Graduation , designed the cover art. Kanye West has the music world buzzing right now after dropping not one but two new albums within a week.

Trump pulls out of joint G-7 statement, attacks Trudeau
And he says his steel and aluminum tariffs are based on legitimate national security concerns, rebuffing the concerns of allies. He tweeted that he would not now endorse the communique due to "false statements" from the Canadian PM.

International Court Throws Out War Crimes Conviction of Congolese Politician
Jean-Pierre Bemba was on Friday acquited of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court ( ICC ). He sent fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Congo to auto to suppress an attempted government coup.