International House of Pancakes has created a stir by saying that after being IHOP for 60 years, it is “flippin’ our name to IHOb” — setting off speculation over what that mysterious b could signify.
For now, the company isn’t saying. IHOP promises to reveal the meaning on June 11.
— IHOP (@IHOP) June 4, 2018
But the Internet isn’t big on waiting. Hungry for answers, people responded to the cryptic tweets: Could it be breakfast? Biscuits? Brunch? The improbable bancakes? Simply, and minimally, bacon? The on-trend bitcoin?
Those are a few of the more popular guesses on IHOP’s Twitter feed, in a thread that’s littered with the company’s coy responses — and an annoying/cute (depending on your patience level) insistence on replacing p’s with b’s.
“Please tell me you’re joking,” a Twitter user named kayla said.
“Oh blease, this is no joke!” IHOP replied.
Patrick Ford tweeted, “I’m just over here wanting some answers! Stop b-ing elusive and tell me what the answer b!” — and the company responded, “batience, Batrick, batience!”
batience, Batrick, batience! 👀
— IHOP (@IHOP) June 5, 2018
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SOURCE: NPR, Bill Chappell