Giraffes invade Facebook as netizens search for answer to elusive riddle

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29 October 2013

Images and avatars of giraffes stormed Facebook walls on Monday night and Tuesday morning as one netizen after another conceded feat in attempting to solve a deceptively simple puzzle.

The puzzle reads as follows: “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.”

As one avatar after another was replaced with images of adorable giraffes, it became clear that Facebook users had erupted in a spontaneous cacophony of riddle enjoyment and shared humour.

Mr Chang Jing Lu, a sociologist working at the International Institute of Media Studies, welcomed such spontaneity. He told a press conference hastily organized after the outbreak of the Giraffe puzzle craze that this was a classic instance of a simple game becoming viral within hours.

“Such unpredictable spontaneity is the hallmark of social media. This is one of social networking’s great strengths,” he added.

However, Mr Dong Wu Yuan, a senior data analyst working for a private defence contractor based in the United States, had a different, darker take on the issue.

Mr Dong said that preliminary studies conducted by his research team had uncovered evidence that the Giraffe puzzle craze was a covert NSA/CIA inter-agency operation to investigate possible ways of infiltrating the minds of Facebook users and exert subliminal control therein.

He added that the NSA had carried out numerous such operations in the past, which included Farmville, and more recently, Bitstrips.

Mr Dong said, “Beware that when you use such applications, you are allowing intelligence agencies to gain access to your personal data, the skeletons in your closets, your network of friends, even your political ideology and religious leanings as well as your subconscious thought processes.”

“Do not change your avatar to giraffe,” Mr Dong added. “You’d only be giving intelligence agencies a rare insight into your private life.”

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