Monday, February 21, 2011

Can You Name Yourself "Facebook?"

In commemoration of the role that the social networking site played in the recent upheaval in Egypt, a man has named his newborn baby girl “Facebook.”   According to a translation by, the following announcement appeared in Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram:

A New Day
Man Names His Newborn Girl Facebook
A young man in his twenties wanted to express his gratitude about the victories the youth of 25th of January have achieved and chose to express it in the form of naming his firstborn girl “Facebook” Jamal Ibrahim(his name.) The girl’s family, friends, and neighbors in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook. “Facebook” received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the new name. A name [Facebook] that shocked the entire world.
Naming your child “Facebook” at birth in Egypt is one thing.  But could you legally change your name (or your child’s name) to “Facebook?”

Saturday, February 12, 2011

India: Too Hot To Handle

Florida, like most states in the U.S., allows for no fault divorces.  This means that a spouse is not required to provide a reason for divorce as long as he or she states that the marriage is irretrievably broken.  However, many countries still require a statement of fault.

In India, cruelty is one reason that a court may grant a divorce.  According to the Daily News and Analysis,  one husband was granted a divorce because a court found that it was cruel of his wife to wear a revealing dress during their honeymoon.  The husband pled that his wife "dressed herself in a very vulgar manner and when he asked her to change the dress she retorted that she had dressed herself that way to be noticed by at least 50 people."

The court explained its ruling: