The Question of The Year: The Agent’s Answer to The ‘Giraffe Riddle’


If you get the riddle wrong, might I suggest doing this just to screw with people?

Let’s have some fun and analyze a silly gag on the Internet. Most people are at least aware of the Facebook Giraffe Riddle. They may also be aware of the controversy – silly as though it may be – surrounding it’s answer.

But I honestly feel I have an irrefutable answer that no one could disagree with (though I hope that doesn’t stop people from trying to debate it). But first we have to inform those that might not have heard of it.

The Riddle

Although its Facebook origins are unknown, the riddle officially known as ‘The Great Giraffe Challenge’ was offered up on YouTube by Andrew Strugnell. In the first two days of its upload on October 26th of 2013, the video gained over 55,000 views and its fan page on Facebook got more than 40,500 likes in two days time.

The riddle reads 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?”

Anyone who fails to answer the riddle correctly must change the photo on their Facebook profile to that of a giraffe to publicly display their ignorance.

The Debate

There have been some creative answers to this riddle. I seem to recall one person saying the wine is the correct choice because he would need alcohol to deal with guests that early in the morning (Disclaimer: The Awkward Agent does not condone the use of alcohol early in the morning or as a stress relief tool; please drink responsibly).

The two most common answers that are seen are your eyes and the door. The argument is that you have to open your eyes in order to wake up, but the structure of the question suggests that you are already awake because you can identify the sound of the doorbell. On the other hand, you have to open the door to let your parents into the house, but the riddle’s structure fails us again because it seems to suggest you’ve already opened the door to see and recognize your parents.

I have heard so many people arguing about this in public – which, without the right context, makes people sound insane as the yell at one another about eyes, doors, giraffes and breakfast foods.

There is another answer though that I’m surprised I’ve not heard yet.

My answer

Before you open any of the food stuffs on the table to serve breakfast…

Before you open the door to let your parents into the house…

Before you open your eyes to rise from your bed…

You must first ready yourself to greet your guest, whoever they be, and let them know that they are welcome in your presence

Before you open anything else…

You must first open your heart to the guest.

Call it ‘sappy.’

Call it ‘hopelessly romantic.’

I call it ‘lateral thinking with soul.’

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