The giraffes are fantastic creatures. They are tall, elegant, and unique. There is no living animal quite like them. Sadly, we are now using them as a form of punishment.
Last week, Facebook was blown up with people posting this riddle:
“It’s 3 a.m., the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors! 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?”
The riddle was posted as a status and then people would send a message to the person who posted it with what they thought was the answer. If the former guesses correctly, then they get to go on living their lives as before. However, a wrong guess leads to punishment: (insert horrendous music) a picture of a giraffe has to be set as the profile picture.
There have been multiple discussions and articles about how the answer could be either eyes or the door. Eyes because that is what happens when you wake up or the door because it is implied that you have already opened your eyes. This is not the point.
Why are we using giraffes as punishment? Giraffes are beautiful. Now, if the punishment was to turn one’s Facebook profile page into a picture of a naked mole rat, I would call that a decent punishment. They are ugly:
This does not equal this:
Where is the shame is having a giraffe as profile picture? If I were to look at someone’s Facebook and see that his or her profile picture is a giraffe I am just going to think that person really likes giraffes. I like giraffes too and our relationship can move forward as we have this in common. Perhaps it is not a huge step, but it makes for good small talk.
Very few people look at a picture of a naked mole rat as someone’s profile picture and think, “Wow, this person really appreciates beautiful creatures.” No. I am thinking, “Ok. This person likes bald rodents. What else should I know?”
I was one of the many people who guessed the riddle wrong (or at least wrong in the views of the person I messaged). I found a lovely picture of a giraffe that I thought looked a bit sassy. Having grown quite attached to this smart-alecky giraffe, I intend to keep it as my picture for a while.
As you can see, it is a fantastic picture.
If you are one of the people who already has or will be changing your profile picture to that of a giraffe, do not take it as punishment. Instead, raise that picture proudly and proclaim to the digital world: “I like giraffes!” Besides, it is just a picture.