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(CNN) — If you’ve spent any time on Facebook in the past day or so, you may be wondering: What’s up with all the giraffes?

Are they suddenly endangered? Is the circus in town? Is Toys R Us having a sale?

No, no and no. (Although depending on where you live, the circus may actually be in town.) Photos of the spindly, long-necked animals are the byproduct of a meme that’s been sweeping the social network in recent days.

The meme invites users to share a riddle with their friends, who then are supposed to send a private message with the answer (don’t post it in the comments, obviously). Any user who guesses wrong must agree to change his or her profile photo with one of a giraffe.

Why a giraffe? It’s not clear.

The riddle goes like this:

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?

(Spoiler alert: The answer is at the bottom of this story.)

Most users agree there are two acceptable answers, although given that Facebook is an unruly community of 1.2 billion people, there’s some debate over that.

Judging by some comments on Facebook, some users are growing tired of the giraffe riddle. Others, like this commenter on the Chicago Tribune’s Facebook page, are making jokes: “Truth be told … upon realizing it was your parents you’d probably open the wine first.”

The answers: “The door” and “your eyes.”

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10 comments

  • Diana

    Nope it is your eyes. You have to open your eyes if you were asleep. You can’t walk to the door with your eyes closed (well I guess you could, but you wouldn’t). LOL

  • Steve

    If you walk through the riddle, working on it like a timeline.. Its 3am.. the doorbell rings.. you wake up.. If the riddle stopped here.. it wouldnt be a riddle, but if it asked the question here.. The answer would be your eyes.. But no.. It progresses.. Unexpected visitors.. Its your parents.. And they are here for breakfast.. So you go through your things and you have the list of items.. What is the first thing you open.. Since it asks the question after you woke up and realized your parents were there for breakfast.. The first thing a logical person would do is open the door to let them in.. Unless you were naked, and then the closet or dresser drawer may be correct.. lol..

  • jgreer

    I had answered the door, but was told I was wrong, so I had a giraffe pic up for three days…..I feel robbed….. LOL.

  • BWilloughby

    that is because you were wrong… No matter what, the first thing that you had to open was your eyes… I dont care who else is trying to make it sound like the Door was the first thing but you were awaken by the doorbell because your parents were at the door. in order to get to the door you would have to open your eyes and get out of bed…

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