The originator of the giraffe riddle that has swarmed Facebook is a New Zealand-based video blogger, who said he will create more riddles similar to the “Great Giraffe Challenge.”
Following the creation of the giraffe riddle, it quickly went viral on Facebook, generating more than 90,000 “likes.”
The riddle requires users to change their profile to a picture of a giraffe if they get the answer wrong.
It goes as follows: “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?”
According to the Daily Beast, the creator of the riddle-giraffe meme was Tim Hodge, who posted a giraffe picture and the riddle on his Facebook account. Strugnell, who is a friend of Hodge, sent the answer “door” to Hodge, who informed him he was wrong, forcing Strugnell to change his profile image.
Later, Strugnell made a video and website about the riddle that generated hundreds of thousands of “likes” and shares.
“It is taking the web by storm – it is insane. Thank you for taking part and sharing it with your friends,” Strugnell told The Mirror.
He added that he was surprised as to how popular its become.
Originally, he wrote: “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 DONT GIVE OUT THE ANSWER.”
But due to the mass popularity of the riddle, it’s unlikely he will see it.
According to CBC, his original post had only 42 “likes” and 31 shares.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, the answer to the riddle is “door.”
Also acceptable is ‘your eyes.’ Makes sense at 3 a.m. People are having this little mini fight on Facebook over the correct answer. Many are saying you have to open your eyes first before you try to answer the door. And while that makes perfect sense, the way the riddle is worded it seems to indicate that you are already awake so your eyes would already be open,” writes the Tribune’s Scott Kleinberg.