There's a big taboo in Egypt that it's not OK to speak your mother's name in public. Here's why.
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If you ask men in Egypt what their mom's name is, you'll get some responses like this:

That's because for some men in Egypt and in other Middle Eastern countries, it's socially not OK to speak your mother's name in public.


Why? The taboo on saying your mother's name, according to the U.N., is in order to prevent her name from becoming the subject of shame and ridicule, which could bring embarassment to a family.

So instead of her name, a mom is often referred to as "the mother of her eldest son."

In some cases, her real name is actually forgotten over time.

Forgotten! Just like that.

It's a tradition that's been accepted for so long, many people don't question it. But that's changing now.

These men love their moms, and they want to protect their families. But what if a mom losing her name actually hurts her? Why should shame be attached to her name in the first place?

Through a Mother's Day campaign called Give Mom Back Her Name, Egyptians are trying to break the stigma and show appreciation for the women who brought them into the world.

These Egyptians started the hashtag #MyMothersNameIs with hopes that people will come forward and show support. People are even changing their profile pictures to include their mom's name in them.

These men know that their moms are incredible human beings who deserve recognition.

That's why they're speaking up and saying their mom's names out loud:

It takes strength to confront a cultural tradition. Those who have stepped forward are brave, and they're taking a step toward equality.

Hopefully it'll catch on.

P.S. Shoutout to my mom, Laura. Hi, mom!

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

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That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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