What is Facebook's Great Giraffe Challenge? Why are my friends changing their avatars to giraffes? Where can I get the answer? Does changing my photo put a virus on my computer? All the answers are here. (Photo: Facebook)
What is Facebook's Great Giraffe Challenge? Why are my friends changing their avatars to giraffes? Where can I get the answer? Does changing my photo put a virus on my computer? All the answers are here. (Photo: Facebook)

What's the answer to the Great Giraffe Facebook Challenge Riddle? Why are all of my friends changing their Facebook profile photos to giraffes? Is there something I'm missing? Will participating in the Giraffe Riddle and changing my picture put viruses on my computer?

A viral Facebook challenge dubbed the "Great Giraffe Riddle Challenge" has flooded the pages of Facebook this week as more and more friends and relatives are finding themselves sporting the loser symbol of a giraffe as their Facebook profile photo. In the challenge, users are asked a seemingly simple riddle, which a surprising number of people get wrong. If your answer to the Facebook Giraffe Riddle Challenge is incorrect, the punishment is having to change your profile photo to a giraffe for the day to show that you were stumped.

 

So what is the Great Giraffe Challenge Facebook Riddle?

It goes something like this.

Here's the Great Giraffe Facebook Challenge Riddle. Can you figure out the right answer? (Photo: Facebook)
Here's the Great Giraffe Facebook Challenge Riddle. Can you figure out the right answer? (Photo: Facebook)

"I have had to change my profile picture 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 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 picture.... this is for you to copy and paste"

What is the answer to the Great Giraffe Challenge Facebook Riddle? There are two, actually:

The answer to the Facebook Giraffe Riddle Challenge can be one of two things: "the door" or "your eyes," according to the riddle originator. But according to one Redditor, who clearly spent a LOT of time analyzing the riddle, "the door" is actually the only truly accurate answer. In a self-post titled, "NO, GIRAFFE PUZZLE, YOU DON'T OPEN YOUR EYES FIRST BECAUSE THEY'RE ALREADY OPEN" Redditor Slutmiko takes great pains to explain why there is really only one right answer to the Giraffe riddle.

"This puzzle is making its way around Facebook:

I had to change 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 DONT 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 Welcome to the world of being a giraffe.

The answer, apparently, is 'your eyes,' but that is incorrect. The puzzle explicitly says 'you wake up.'

The process of 'waking up' implies that your eyes are open, and you're out of bed. To further support this conclusion, you somehow know that your parents are at the door. There are many ways you could know that it's your parents at the door. They could be yelling at you, you might have one of those pager things in your house, but this was not explicitly mentioned. It's also possible that you looked through the door reticule, or you actually opened the door to let them in (also potentially ruling out the fact that the door was open).

Furthermore, if the person in question were blind, they might not bother opening their eyes at all, assuming they even have any! What about someone who lacks eyes entirely?

In conclusion, this puzzle is stupid, the person who made it is stupid, and I refuse to change my avatar to a giraffe."

Will Changing My Photo To A Giraffe On Facebook Put Viruses On My Computer?

While the user may be correct, whether or not "the door" or "your eyes" is the correct answer to the Giraffe Riddle Facebook Challenge is not really concerning most. If anything, it would be the somewhat disturbing alteration of the original Giraffe puzzle post, which is now going around. In the new post users are warned that participating in the Giraffe riddle challenge may end up in players acquiring a serious virus or some kind of malware on their computers. Here is what the alternate Facebook posts are claiming:

"**URGENT** GIRAFFE GAME NOTICE **URGENT**

Whoah! Just found out that the Giraffe challenge was set up by the hacking group Anonymous. Apparently they're going to embark on a random "cleansing" program which will wipe out the bank accounts and hard drives of those people who have giraffe profile pics ... A few of my mates already had it happen, so gets to changing your pics back!!! lol

Microsoft and Google are working on it now, Oct 25. We recommend Facebook users: DO NOT change your profile picture to giraffes."

A second similar message concerning the Giraffe challenge and malware rumors states:

"A virus that exploits the recently discovered JPEG vulnerability has been discovered spreading over Google's giraffe pictures.

'It's been done in the past, but with HTML code instead of the JPEG,' said James Thompson, chief technical officer for SANS' Internet Storm Center, the organization's online-security research unit. "It is a virus, but it didn't spread very far. We've only had two reports of it."

The Facebook message reads:

"I just changed my profile picture to a giraffe, but my answer was wrong" When you do it, Facebook automatically gives the hackers your user mail and password, malicious code embedded in the JPEG image gives the hackers everything they need, James said.

The code also installs a back door that can give hackers remote control over the infected computer. Antivirus expert Fred Hypponen of F-Secure warned on Wednesday that the JPEG exploit could also damage your iPhone if you charge it with your computer. By default, antivirus software only scans for .exe files. And even if users change the settings on antivirus software, the JPEG file name extensions can be manipulated to avoid detection."

As a personal friend of the security expert Fred Hypponen allegedly quoted in this post, I can tell you it is incorrect. First of all, his name isn't Fred! It's Mikko! In addition, Snopes.com has also posted an article naming the Giraffe challenge virus post a hoax.

Did you participate in the Giraffe Riddle Challenge and lose? Share with us what your guesses were and why.

 

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