By now, you’ve probably seen the giraffe riddle on Facebook or you’ve at least wondered why people have giraffe profile pictures on Facebook, or you’re wondering if the giraffe riddle is a virus of some kind. In any case, it may not be in your best interest to get involved.
In this riddle, the person posting asks you to solve the following riddle:
RIDDLE: 3:00am, 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?
The reader is then instructed to message the person posting, so the answer won’t be revealed to the entire Facebook community. If your guess is wrong, you are supposed to change your profile picture to a giraffe for three days.
Though this riddle may seem like it’s all in good fun at first, you may want to stop and take a hard look at your own personality and stress triggers before you proceed. The giraffe riddle seems innocent, but when you jot off that quick answer to the friend who posted it, you may be surprised at the can of worms you’ve opened when the response comes back.
When you answer, you will undoubtedly believe that you are right. And why not? Everyone likes to be right, right? But when you see the firestorm this simple little riddle has created, you may be sorry you ever saw it in the first place.
If you answer that you open your eyes first, you may find yourself in arguments with people who insist that the riddle implies you are already awake before you discover your parents are at the door, so the door must be the first thing you open.
However, if you answer that the door is the first thing you open, others will argue that you have to open your eyes before you can open the door and that the riddle in no way implies that the question being asked has anything to do with what you did after you discovered your parents have arrived.
If you answer that one of the food items is opened first, you’re pretty much opening the door to being blasted by all of Facebook, as apparently, nobody in their right mind could possibly believe you’d open the food first.
Heated debates about the English language, proper grammar, syntax, and concepts you haven’t studied since middle school ensue and before you know it, you’re fighting with people on Facebook or in real life, or at the very least, are extremely annoyed and vexed with the conviction that you are right repeating in your head throughout the day.
If you really stop and think about this, why are you wasting your time arguing about the answer to this giraffe riddle that is entirely based on varying perspectives? Really, who created this thing anyway? And was it meant to cause discord among people? Were you just some sort of social experiment? And who has time to go searching for giraffe pictures if you get it wrong, and why would you change your profile picture just because a riddle told you to? Pretty soon you find yourself mad at everyone, including yourself.
Of course, you may be of the let-it-roll-off-your-back variety who doesn’t get upset about such things, but not everyone has that capacity. This is why it’s important for you to really know yourself and what triggers your anger or stress responses before you get pulled into the giraffe riddle, or any other “game” on Facebook.
Though “it’s just stress” is a common phrase in society, actual stress is nothing to take lightly. Stress of any kind puts a strain on your adrenal glands and over time, prolonged stress can cause Adrenal Gland Fatigue, leaving you unable to cope with even minimal stress and causing a multitude of health problems. In addition to Adrenal Gland Fatigue, stress can lead to heart disease, stroke, anxiety disorders, and depression.
If you know that wanting to be right, being told you’re not right, or heated debates are triggers for your stress, don’t stick your neck out for the Facebook giraffe riddle. Enjoy a warm bath, hot cocoa, good book or funny movie instead.
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