The giraffe riddle making the rounds on Facebook and social media is perhaps welcome relief from stresses related to health care, politics and school shootings, it was reported in the Christian Science Monitor on Oct. 29.
It’s the giraffe riddle behind the plethora of Facebook profile images of the tan and white creature. The giraffe riddle, contrary to some fears, is not a virus perpetrated on unwitting social media victims but simply some good-natured fun. (Whether the giraffe riddle is spam is up to you to decide.)
In the giraffe riddle, or meme, a Facebook user posts a riddle and asks friends to answer privately to prevent giving away the answer. Those who get the giraffe riddle wrong are asked to change their Facebook profile photo to that of a giraffe and to repost the riddle.
According to UPI, the giraffe riddle is not some nefarious attempt to hack into your computer.
What’s not clear is why the giraffe riddle losers have to post a picture of a giraffe — why not a sheep or a lemming, for example (perhaps more apropos of the masses going along with the giraffe riddle). Even the Chicago Tribune is devoting space to the giraffe riddle.
If you haven’t seen the giraffe riddle yet, here it is: “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?”
Can you guess the correct answer?
Spoiler alert for the giraffe riddle: The first thing you would open, technically, is your eyes, it’s presumed. After that, you would open the door, although answering either “eyes” or “door” is considered correct for the giraffe riddle.