Have you noticed that people on your Facebook feed—your mom, your aunt, that one kid from middle school you don’t even know, Facebook friends have turned into giraffes. The explanation is quite simple. They are just bad at solving riddles.
The viral trend involves asking your Facebook friends a riddle. Here’s how it works. Someone posts the riddle on Facebook, challenging their friends to answer it in a private message. People who choose to play send the riddler a message with their guess.
If the person gets it right, congrats: He or she keeps the same profile picture. But if the person gets it wrong, the unfortunate friend must make his or her profile pic a giraffe.
The riddle poses the question: “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 riddle has gone viral on Facebook and has received mixed responses from online users. While some are already tiring of the giraffe pictures, others feel that it is good to be part of a collective fun activity like this.
The viral game was apparently started by YouTuber Andrew Stugnell, who explained in a video that if you get the answer wrong you must post this message to your Facebook page with your new picture:
“I’ve changed my profile to a giraffe. I tried to answer a riddle and got it wrong. Try the great giraffe challenge!
“The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. Message me only so you don’t give out answer. “
TheGreatGiraffeChallenge.com, the official site of the movement, says that the answer is “your eyes.” If you input any other answer you get a message that says, “You Are A Giraffe! The first thing you open before you get out of bed and answer the door…are your EYES!”
Others (including us) would say the answer is “the door.” One commenter said, “I answered, ‘The door’ due to the fact that in the riddle it says that you woke up meaning that your eye’s were already open. Poor riddle I’d say.”
The Giraffe Riddle Facebook page has racked up over 70,000 likes in only a few days and Andrew promises they will now release weekly riddles each Saturday.
However, no answer yet on why the giraffe is the symbol of the joke, or who is responsible for creating the trend. But it is better to be stuck in a social network sea of cute giraffes than the usual Facebook scam or fake viral picture.
As the Telegraph reports, in 2010, a similar trend was noticed on Facebook where users changed their profile picture to their favorite cartoon character, which was later revealed to be part of a protest to support children.