I saw this Facebook riddle come across my feed, twice now, about parents showing up at your door at 7 a.m., a variety of things in the fridge, and something about knocking… with the payoff asking “What will you open first?”
And the answer is not as simple as it may seem.
Here is the content of the post.
Facebook What Will You Open First Riddle
The Facebook riddle text reads:
So I’m challenging my smart, intelligent friends, to have a crack at guessing the answer to the riddle below. When you think you know, PM me in Messenger the answer. Don’t answer in the comments , it will be deleted.
If you are not going to follow the instructions after you lose, please don’t answer.
Your turn! Read the riddle. If your answer is incorrect, I can choose any of your photos and you have to post it along with the riddle. If you answer correctly, I’ll write your name in the comments (with a trophy emoji.)
Riddle: It’s 7:00 AM. You are asleep and there is a sudden knock on the door. Behind the door are your parents who came to have breakfast. In your fridge are bread, milk (pasteurized), juice, and a jar of jam. To answer, what will you open first? Answer directly through Messenger only, answers in the comment section will be deleted.
Note: It’s not what you think. So far no one has got it. Read carefully.
Answering the Facebook What Will You Open First Riddle
The reason why so few people are getting it “right” is because the answer is a tricky one, and depends on how you define “answer”.
To answer, in context of the riddle… aka to “answer” the knock on the door… the first thing you open is NOT your front door.
That, of course, is the polite answer… after all, your parents are outside, possibly in the freezing cold.
But, technically, the correct answer is (or – at least – it should be):
The first thing you open is your eyes. You were – after all – asleep. (People who sleep with their eyes open not withstanding). Everything else is irrelevant.
This is the correct answer for the riddle, if you were to ask it in any traditional format.
BUT KEEP READING!!!
However, if you take “to answer” in the context of the post instead of to the riddle….
The first thing you open is Messenger as that is how you’ve been asked to respond.
Basically, you ignore the entire first part of the riddle and focus on the last two sentences:
“To answer, what will you open first? Answer directly through Messenger only, answers in the comment section will be deleted.”
This appears to be the current “correct” answer, although I do think that is debatable. Is the medium the message in this case?
But, to make matters worse, the post itself is vague enough that the true answer is…
That you need to open your mind first … to the possibility that there is more than one correct answer, depending on how you read the question.
A man walks in a bar. Ouch!
As Social Media changes our lives, it also appears to be changing the basic principles of riddles.
However, if you want to avoid having to post some embarrassing picture because you got the answer wrong, for now I would go with
And so there you have it, my non-answer to the “What will you open first” Facebook riddle.