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What is the Facebook Giraffe Challenge?

Facebook Giraffe Challenge
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The latest ‘thing’ on Facebook now that Bitstrips are over (yes, they’re way over!) is the ‘giraffe challenge.’ Find out why your friends are changing their profile picture to a giraffe.

How the Giraffe Challenge Started

The credit goes to New Zealander Andrew Strugnell who created the Great Giraffe Challenge:

Here’s how I’ve seen the Giraffe Challenge positioned on Facebook:

Someone posts a riddle, the most common one is below, and asks their friends to message with the answer.  If you get the answer correct, nothing happens.

If you get the answer wrong, you are honor-bound to change your profile picture to a giraffe for a number of days.

Here is the riddle post often associated with the Giraffe Challenge,

3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, it’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. All you have is strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?

So what’s the answer? I’d tell you but then I’d make you change your profile picture to a koala or something.

Is the Giraffe Challenge a Virus?

Not that we can tell, however there are some rumours floating around about a more sinister reason behind the spread of the meme across Facebook.

Next: The Answer to the Giraffe Challenge Riddle

More: An Interview with Giraffe Challenge Creater Andrew Strugnell

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