The giraffe riddle answer has frustrated and eluded Facebook users the past few days, and now the creator of the question is stepping forward to reveal the true answer — and he promises more riddles to come.
Anyone who has signed onto Facebook has likely seen the riddle, which prompts users to find the correct answer to a question about some unexpected visitors. If they get it wrong, they are supposed to find a picture of a giraffe online and commit to that as their profile photo.
The question reads:
“It’s 3am, 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?”
The question actually comes from Andrew Strugnell, a vlogger from New Zealand who first posed the question on a YouTube video. He asked Facebook users to send him a message if they knew the answer. Many of them decided to pass on the riddle, and quickly it had surpassed more than 230,000 views.
The riddle has since spawned into the Great Giraffe Challenge, with its own website where people can enter their guess.
The creator of the Facebook giraffe riddle said he was shocked to see how quickly it’s spread.
“It is taking the web by storm – it is insane. Thank you for taking part and sharing it with your friends,” Strugnell said.
As the riddle spread, so too did rumors that it was actually just a front to spread a virus that steals personal information from uses. While other Facebook contests have indeed been intended to gain access to user information, this isn’t the case with the giraffe riddle, experts say.
Strugnell said the popularity of the question has led him to create more of them, and he’s promising to release a new riddle each week. He also gave the giraffe riddle answer to anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet — the first thing you open is the door. Or, if you weren’t already awake at 3 am when your parents arrived, you open your eyes first.