Facebook Riddle Giraffe Profile Pictures: Do They Contain Malware Or Hacks? + Answer

Why are so many people using a giraffe as their Facebook profile photo?
Why are so many people using a giraffe as their Facebook profile photo? | Source

A new and strangely interesting phenomenon has recently come to Facebook - users are changing their profile photo to a picture of a giraffe.

The first one, you may not notice. The second one may interest you - by the third you're probably curious as to just why this is happening!

This isn't some kind of hoax, virus or breast cancer awareness message. It's a riddle!

The giraffe image does NOT contain Malware or leave you open to hacking by the Anonymous group. Read on for more info.

The Original Message

Here is the message that has started doing the rounds of Facebook:

"I've changed 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 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."

Having a giraffe picture will not get you hacked. This is no different than someone claiming that "Anyone who has painted their fingernails red will get hacked". It's probably safer to have a generic animal as a profile picture than your REAL photo

What Is The Answer To The Riddle

The most common answer that people give is the obvious one - the door!

However this is a trick question, so it's not going to be that simple. Most people claim the answer is - your eyes.

If you hear the sound of someone knocking on your door at 3am, you're most probably asleep. So the first thing that you'll need to open before you do anything else is actually your eyes (or eyelids, if we're being technical).

However, the argument can be made that the correct answer is "the door" because the riddle says "you wake up" so your eyes would already be open. Or that the answer is "your mouth" as you're already awake and you must have already opened the door if your parents are in the house. Another suggestion is that the first thing you'll open is "your inbox" to message the person who posted the riddle!

In reality, the riddle doesn't give us enough information to decide on a definitive answer!

The riddle has also started using a Zebra as a profile image. As this is a very new chain message, it will likely continue to morph - most likely we'll see different animals or different riddles used as people continue to build on the original message.

Does The Giraffe Image Contain Malware?

No. The viral message is JUST text that says to change the profile image to a giraffe - any person who uses a giraffe as their profile image must find their own image, whether that's via another friend's image, a free stock photo site or Google image search (remember that ALL images on Google image search are copyright UNLESS stated otherwise.)

This means that every person who uploads a giraffe image gets their image from a different place, so there is no chance that the image contains malware, unless every giraffe image on the entire internet suddenly became infected (that's a joke, by the way).

Is Anonymous Using A Giraffe To Hack Your Computer?

Another hoax that is doing the rounds claims that Anonymous or another hacking entity will hack any person who has a giraffe profile photo. This is false, as no hacking group has access to enough information to hack the number of people using the image, let alone their bank accounts or person information.

This is no different than someone claiming that "Anyone who has painted their fingernails red will get hacked". It's probably safer to have a generic animal as a profile picture than your REAL photo. An impossibly large group, from dozens of countries and using many different operating systems and ISPs.

Anonymous is a group that has repeatedly claimed they'll hack Facebook - simply by inviting every hacker to 'have a go' on certain dates. Every date on which they've claimed this will happen has ended in very little happening, other than a few amateur hackers trying to make a scene. The Anonymous group is an unorganised group entity that does not have the power or knowledge to hack users based on a silly viral Facebook riddle.

Hoaxes & Forwarded Messages On Facebook

Most messages that are shared on social media which ask you to share, repost or do any other action, are generally spam. If they promise you anything (such as a donation to a sick child, or some type of prize) chances are that they're simply spam that someone started for a joke.

Some messages have been shared over and over again for a decade or more via emails and then social media - so any information in the message has been distorted from the original or is completely out of date (such as a missing person).

If you're ever unsure of a message's origin, you should always check on Snopes or Hoax Slayer.

The giraffe riddle message is a relatively harmless joke though, so go ahead and share it and have some fun!

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Have You Seen Any New Variations On This Viral Message? Leave a Comment Below And Let Us Know! 25 comments

fred k 3 years ago

I've seen some people doing it with monkeys too. My Facebook is like a zoo.


mj896 3 years ago

is this a hoax?


Kim Smith 3 years ago

I thought each person was meant to pick a different riddle, instead of passing on the same one, is that not correct?


HongKongFooey 3 years ago

Are you DAFT?!?!

The answer is not your 'eyes'. How would you know who was at the door if your eyes weren't already opened? It MUST be the DOOR.


Allice 3 years ago

Are you daft lol of course is your eyes ...you hear some one on the door and off course you open your eyes then ore do you walk to the door with your eyes closet lol


kalan 3 years ago

you would most likely be alseep at 3:00 AM so the first thing you open are your eyes


Kely 3 years ago

Its your eyes guys :P


... 3 years ago

@HongKongFooey

would be more logic if you say Mouth (to talk)

the door must be opened already since you know what your parents are at your house for..

sad that eyes is the correct answer since you know the unexpected people are your parents.. doesn't make sense..

still my pic is a giraffe now..


Jack 3 years ago

personally it would be my mouth then ...saying , ... who the hell could that be


Lynn Lott 3 years ago

It can't be your eyes because it says you wake up. You open your eyes when you wake up. It would have said what's the 1st thing you openED - past tense. If you're still lying in bed with your eyes closed, you wouldn't know it was your parents.


Kram Nosaj Rodriguez 3 years ago

but I sleep at 3:01 am...XD so the answer is the "Door" !


Riz 3 years ago

Agree with Lynn. The grammar used will lead one to conclude that it's the door.


Riz 3 years ago

Agree with Lynn. The grammar used will lead one to conclude that it's the door.


lluda 3 years ago

the answer is your message box... it says it there.." what is the first thing you open?" plus the clue is the wording in CAPS... "MESSAGE ME ONLY"


Karen 3 years ago

I am seldom asleep at 3AM but, I was thinking like a normal person. So, I answered "my eyes". I really enjoyed playing that quiz game. Can't wait for the next one.


Ilmu 3 years ago

I strongly believe it's the door.

How would you know it's 3AM if your eyes weren't open already? I think that it's not coincidental that the time was mentioned, as critical thinkers would think that it's of some importance. The riddle simply could have said "It's the middle of the night" if the time has no bearing, implying that you are asleep.

Anyway, I think the riddle was not thought of thoroughly.

Also, it's not the mouth. I sleep with my mouth open. Yep. Imagine the drool. LOL


myster 3 years ago

i thnk the answer is door..as sme people do sleep with open eyes xD


ansipot03 3 years ago

what do you open first? Its not what did you open first? So after you woke up, it didnt say there that you let your parents come in. i will probably open the door first and let them come inside before thinking of what to serve them for breakfast!


ansipot03 3 years ago

what do you open first? Its not what did you open first? So after you woke up, it didn't say there that you let your parents come in. i will probably open the door first and let them come inside before thinking of what to serve them for breakfast!


crash 3 years ago

it says what IS and not what WAS .was is a past tense so can't be your eyes


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phtech 3 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

The whole point is to make people change their profile pictures to a giraffe. There is no correct answer. No matter what you say, the answer will always be something different. You could spend hours trying to figure it out, and you'll still be wrong.


Vecha 3 years ago

Hey, maybe the correct answer is "fridge" after all and you're all just overthinking it?

And who the hell has breakfast at 3 am anyway?


John Q 3 years ago

you hear the doorbell and you wake up. (woke up means eyes are open)

The answer is The Door


parents 3 years ago

What kind of hungry parents knocks on the door for breakfast 03 am?? Adams Family??


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Molly Layton 16 months ago from Alberta

Seems like this has died off, but it is still an interesting article. Great job.

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