Facebook Giraffe Riddle

Giraffe RiddleIf you’ve spent any time on Facebook in the past day or so, you may be wondering: What’s up with all the giraffes? It’s a riddle. But there’s a problem. An argument. Seems social media can’t decide what’s the right answer. Is it door or eyes?

For those of you who don’t know what is it all about, here’s the riddle again:

“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?”

When I first saw it, I said door. But the person who posted it told me I was wrong and therefore I need to change my profile photo to a giraffe.

We start to argue. Door makes perfect sense. You aren’t going to leave your parents outside and have breakfast, are you?

“Eyes! There’s only one acceptable answer and it’s eyes. Case closed!” wrote one friend from Germany.

Eyes! There’s a case for that. It’s 3 a.m. You have to open your eyes before anything else can happen, right?

No. Not really.

First of all, the way the riddle is phrased, you are already up. So if you are up, your eyes are open. And therefore you open the door first.

But even if you don’t read it that way, who says you have to open your eyes to accomplish anything in the riddle? If I chose to keep my eyes closed or was unable to open my eyes for any reason, I could still let my parents in and enjoy breakfast.

Right? Sure. And for that reason, the answer is door.

Although there are some compelling solutions that also work.

Someone suggested mind. You need an open mind to see what your parents want at 3 a.m.

All good, all creative. But as far as I’m concerned, there is one answer. Door. You can argue for something else, but if you respond to me with anything other than door, I’m going to make you change your profile photo.


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