WebProNews reported Monday that the challenge is the brainchild of Australian travel blogger, Andrew Strugnell, who has a reputation for challenging his subscribers with humorous brainteasers. His latest riddle has absolutely taken over social media, and if you’ve spent any time on Facebook lately, you’ll see how many of your friends got it wrong.
If you answer the riddle correctly, you can boast about your enigma-solving skills. Get it wrong, and you’re asked to change your profile pic to a giraffe for three days. Needless to say, there has been a run on giraffe Google image searches lately.
By the way, the riddle does NOT contain some malicious maleware or spyware, as was hotly rumored yesterday.
Here is the riddle:
"It's 3 A.M. the doorbell rings and you wake up. It's your parents and they are here for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?"
You may think you have the riddle solved, but think again. Here are the possible answers, and the correct one:
Door – Many reasonable riddle-solvers are angrily arguing that the door has to be the correct answer. After all, how would you know who was visiting you, or what to make them for breakfast, until you opened the door? Of course, you must open the door, unless your mom and dad are coming in the window, but something else is opened first.
Mouth – Also a good guess. One would have to open their mouth at some point when waking, especially if you are startled out of your slumber. And you likely yawn at some point too after getting up at 3 a.m. But there is something else that you must first open.
Wine – An answer that makes sense. After all, opening the door to your parents in the middle of the night could require lots of wine.
Fridge – Yes, the fridge will open at some point as well, since some of the breakfast foods listed are likely in your fridge, but again, opening the fridge comes after opening your mouth, opening the door and opening your…
Eyes - This is the most widely accepted answer, and according to Strugnell, is the correct one. Some are arguing that the riddle says you have already woken up, and then asks what the first thing you open is. Therefore, your eyes are already open. A good argument for sure, but can there be two correct answers?
Good riddles make us miss the obvious, and based on the countless giraffe pics we see splattered on Facebook, this would appear to be quite the good riddle.