The Facebook giraffe riddle has a lot of folks talking as people changed their profiles to a giraffe, but contrary to rumors, it is not part of a hacking hoax, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
What’s the giraffe riddle all about? Why would anyone change their profile to a giraffe?
It is part of a game that has gone viral on the Internet. You are given a riddle and if you don’t answer it correctly, you “have to” change your profile to a giraffe.
What is the riddle?
“It’s 3 a.m., the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors! It’s your parents and they are here for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?”
What’s the answer to the Facebook Giraffe Riddle?
SPOILER ALERT . It is at the bottom of this article. Do not scroll down if you don’t want to see the answer.
Does the giraffe riddle contain a “bite back” Trojan horse virus?
The rules are that you must message the answer to the person who posted the message so that you won’t give away the correct answer in the comments part. If you are wrong, you must repost the riddle with a giraffe for your profile, a little like an Internet chain mail scheme. That suspicion prompted some folks to suspect mal intent, but there apparently is none unless you count getting someone to waste their time as mal intent.
Snopes.com reports, “The giraffe game may be a genuine bit of fun, but the associated virus warning is nothing but bunk. There is no virus lurking in JPEG-based images of giraffes, and Facebook users who change their profile pictures to photographs or drawings of giraffes do not risk compromising their computers and Facebook accounts to hackers or damaging their iPhones. The quoted warning from the “chief technical officer for SANS’ Internet Storm Center” is an outdated, nine-year-old one which addressed an issue that has long since been resolved and had nothing to do with Facebook.”
What’s the answer to the giraffe riddle?
Snopes.com also reported on the answer: And for those who still haven’t found it, the answer to the quoted riddle (“It’s 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?”) is either “your eyes” or “the door.”
What is your opinion of the Facebook Giraffe Riddle? Are you amused by it? Or do you think it is a big waste of time. Leave your comments below.