there was a giraffe thing? (a throwback)

i got lazy on this throwback…

…and ended up intrigued, because now i don’t remember this being a thing?

the great giraffe debate of 2013

Author: sean M Published: November 2, 2013 0 comments edit

okay, so it’s a week old and i think it’s dying…

…and that’s more than okay.

i saw it on the feed from a friend that lives in houston:

GIRAFFE CHALLENGE! Take the 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 a bit . MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DON’T GIVE OUT THE ANSWER. Here is the riddle: 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? Remember… message me only. If you get it right I’ll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile pic TO A GIRAFFE!

seemed harmless enough – i, like most people, thought “duh…you open the door first!” so i started to email her “the door” when it hit me: it starts with “you wake up” which means you open your EYES first.

and i was right.

a few days later i was telling the ufc about it when i decided to copy and paste it to my page. a few guesses later, some right, most wrong, i was going to bed when a friend, former co-worker, and fellow “i can’t let it go till i make my point” kinda guy emailed me an [article] (LINK). the guy has a spoiler alert at the beginning of the article, and at the end indicates the answer is “the door”…BUT then adds an addendum saying that “eyes” is “also acceptable” although the way the riddle is worded it should be door.

2023 note – i went looking for whatever article he sent, as all the original links on this article were destroyed, and all the articles i can find back then admit it’s the eyes except one, which happens to misquote the original bit in it’s logic of it NOT being eyes, so it kind of steps on itself…


it starts with “…and you wake up” – as in leave a state of sleep. let me throw down three quick points for all that think “the door” is actually correct:

1. if you’re one of those freakish people that sleep with your eyes open then technically the answer WOULD be door…and you creep me out a little.

2. if you’re one of the other 99.9% of the population who sleep with your eyes closed, then you open your eyes first.


3. if you’re stupid enough to open your door at 3am BEFORE you open your eyes to a) see who’s there and b) make sure you have one in the chamber, then you get what you deserve.

so now, in case you didn’t know, you know why so many people changed their fb profile pics to giraffes the last week or so. funny side note: shane’s cousin greg, being more of a follower (and liking giraffes) actually changed his pic with no clue about the riddle just ’cause everybody else was doing it. in fact, when he responded to me posting the riddle (and missed) his profile pic was already a giraffe…

…now that’s comedy.

and for all that want to agree with said article, keep in mind it IS from the chicago tribune, which tends to get the news right the SECOND time, hence the addendum at the end that said “eyes”. doubt me? see exhibit “a”:

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 1948, file photo, President Harry S. Truman at St. Louis’ Union Station holds up an election day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which – based on early results – mistakenly announced “Dewey Defeats Truman.” (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)

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