Why People Are Making Giraffes Their Facebook Profile Pictures

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**Answer at the end of the article**

Hey, want to hear a riddle? If you get it wrong, you have to make a giraffe your Facebook profile picture for three days according to arbitrary rules most likely concocted by the same people who send your grandparents chain email.

The Great Giraffe Challenge, promoted by New Zealand YouTuber Andrew Strungell, is a game currently going viral on Facebook that proposes the following riddle:

3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, It’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?

People who want to play along are supposed to message their answers to Strungell so that they don’t give it away online, according to an Oct. 26 Facebook post. The Chicago Tribune says “your eyes” is also an “acceptable” answer, although as one of the paper’s Facebook commenters points out, “Truth be told though, if you were smart and looked to see who it was first, upon realizing it was your parents you’d probably open the wine first.”

Oh, that answer: “the door.” If you didn’t guess that, then go ahead and follow the Facebook horde to giraffe profile pic land.

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37 comments
Haeley
Haeley

Damn, I said "the door" but "your eyes" would technically be the correct answer.

snowaviation
snowaviation

Uh, Because Lemming photos weren't available?

christillejo
christillejo

It's actually your eyes, sorry author of this article.

Heisencat
Heisencat

Let's see if I get it right.  You open the back door and run out. 

TristanAdoraCyre
TristanAdoraCyre

My god, the answer was so simple.... and it's just a riddle for chrissake. SMH.

BenDoohan
BenDoohan

first why not open your eyes maybe if you are "awakened" at 3:00??????

pkj_star
pkj_star

if the son is visually blind.. so technically door be the right answer.

suryamurali
suryamurali

Well... the mouth... to say "What the F**k?!" to a 3:00 AM doorbell!

TrendScooper
TrendScooper

For now, there are two arguable answers, the eyes and the door, but the person behind Facebook Giraffe Riddle already revealed the answer. Find out here. http://goo.gl/ycOccS

Murph
Murph

The door is the wrong answer. Everyone I know (just about) with the answer "door" is a giraffe now. 

"3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up"   This is how the riddle starts. So you are sleeping, and you wake up. What do we do when we awake up?? We open our eyes. Most are saying the door, which is wrong. The most common answer in a riddle is wrong, that is why it is called a riddle. 

TheBun
TheBun

I think the question you should ask is "Am I awake or asleep?" because if I'm awake; it'd be the door. If I was asleep; it'd be my eyes

ams4073
ams4073

wouldn't you have opened your eyes first??

AprilStrong
AprilStrong

When you knew it's your parents and the reason they came to you, you had opened the door already. Opening the door doesn't count.

QuietStorm8701
QuietStorm8701

Lol.  I got it right too.  I can't believe this is what all those giraffe pics are up for. 

AliceRain
AliceRain

guessed that right away, too easy. surprises me to see so many giraffes on Facebook 

FohaRafiq
FohaRafiq

I was right!
I thought the door ^_^

anon69
anon69

wouldn't you have to open voltage gated sodium channels first before you can open your eyes 

wakalado
wakalado

Having a slow day? This must be the most boring, useless "article" in the history of time.com

KyleRobbins
KyleRobbins

@TrendScooper  I agree, you would open your eyes first. Even if you are blind, the body's reaction is to open your eye lids. The the door would be opened next. 


Murph
Murph

@TheBun "3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up"  That is how it starts, so there for you were sleeping. Otherwise you would not have to wake up. :D



bleh
bleh

@anon69 you sir, are awesome. (Mostly because voltage gated sodium channels are currently such a big part of my life)

AntonyKrokowski
AntonyKrokowski

Have you seriously not been wondering why everyone seems to have decided to change they're fb profile pic to a giraffe?

phoenix1920
phoenix1920

@Murph @TheBun But with that logic, you've also already opened the door because it's 3:00 a.m., they are unexpected, and you know it is your parents.