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Why Your Friends Are Giraffes & How to Use or Block Bitstrips [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Angela Randall 05-11-2013

Are all of your friends giraffes? Probably. Does this mean there is a sudden explosion of love for tall mammals? No. Your friends are just not thinking things through well enough.


The last couple of weeks on Facebook have been huge for two big memes: The giraffe riddle and Bitstrips comics. Here’s what you need to know about these memes, including how to have a go yourself.

The Giraffe Meme

There’s this riddle going around Facebook:

“It’s 3am, 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 do you open first?”

The giraffe part of this is that you should PM (private message) the person who posted it with your guess. If you get the answer wrong, you need to change your profile picture to a giraffe for 3 days.

SPOILER ALERT! So, what do you open first? Your eyes. Although some people seem to think “the door” is also an acceptable answer.

This is why your Facebook friends are giraffes. Now you know exactly how process-obsessed your giraffe friends aren’t.



The Comics Flood

There are also billions of comics flooding Facebook at the moment, which are all being generated by Bitstrips, an easy way to create comics online. Now, the Bitstrips website itself is often down at the moment, thanks to its sudden popularity, but the apps are still available for Android and iOS [No Longer Available], though often subject to the same crashes as the site. There are dozens of other great tools to create a comic strip Create Your Own Web Comics & Memes With These Free Tools You too must have enjoyed a comic or two. You too must have dreamt up comic book characters of your own. If Stan Lee could create an entire universe of super-humans, our childhood imaginations could... Read More , though right now seems to be Bitstrips’s heyday.


Using Bitstrips

The Bitstrips meme has become so big that there are now apps just for viewing other people’s bitstrips and tutorial apps for Bitstrips. It’s all a bit much.



It’s not exactly hard to use Bitstrips, though. Just get the app, design your avatar and then design your strip. Simple. Fun. Cute.

Your avatar can be tailored to show your hair colour, hair length, hairstyle, eye shape, eye colour, facial lines, clothing style, specific outfit, headwear, makeup, height, build, chest size, etc., until you’re completely satisfied. You could do this in 2 minutes or tweak it a little each day.

Creating the cartoons themselves take very little effort. You find a scene, edit it to show facial expressions and balloon speech bubbles, then share away on your timeline. Well, that’s the basics anyway.


Memelicious Bitstrips

What makes Bitstrips so memelicious is the use of co-stars. When you decide to add a co-star to Bitstrips, you can use the avatar and name of any of your friends who have already built an avatar for Bitstrips. When you share it on Facebook, mutual friends will see the fun and decide to check out Bitstrips for themselves. Then the cycle continues when they use your avatar in a strip.


How To Hide Bitstrips

It’s only after playing with Bitstrips for a while that we realise that Facebook is already completely inundated with Bitstrips. But whatever, it’s all good fun.

However, some of you are already over the Bitstrips fun. Here’s how to block Bitstrips, or indeed any other meme app that hits your news feed.


Hide Bitstrips

When you see the Bitstrips entry, click on the arrow in the top right and choose “Hide All From Bitstrips”. It should disappear along with everyone else’s Bitstrips.

How To Block Bitstrips

If you really want to block Bitstrips for good, head to your Settings > > Blocking > Block Apps and type in Bitstrips.



This might be worth doing if you are being added to strips you don’t like by Facebook friends. It will stop Bitstrips from being able to use your information any more. On the other hand, if your friends are doing things like that despite you asking them not to, maybe they’re not really worth keeping as friends and should be potentially blocked or unfriended 7 Types Of People Who Deserve An Immediate Facebook Unfriending A lot of people post nonsense on Facebook. Nonsense that really should get them unfriended, by you, immediately. Do your friends do these things? It might be time. Read More .

Your Thoughts On These Memes

What did you think of the giraffe meme? Did you play along or did you guess it without bothering to play? Did you turn into a giraffe?

What about Bitstrips? Have you had a go yet or does the whole thing annoy you? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Jean Maclay
    February 3, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I made an avatar of my husband but I don't know how to add his name.

    • Angela A
      February 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      If you're logged in as you I think it will show your name, even if you meant it to be of him. If you get him to log in, then you can make one for him that will work.

  2. Decree
    November 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I guessed the door first and had eyes as second guess but discounted it as my first guess because you would not know. 1. It 3AM (unless you have a talking clock) 2. It makes no sense to say "Unexpected visitors!! It’s your parents..." How do you really know it is them or that there is even more than one person at the door? Bonus Wake Up just means to become aware does not mean you open your eyes. 3. How can they be "here" for breakfast they are still at the door and supposedly your still in bed with your eyes closed. Should it not be there are "there" for breakfast. Anyways was told "You think to much"...I interpret as they think too little and just follow like lemmings (They mentioned they just following the answer told to them and did not make up the riddle or write it).

  3. Denvy
    November 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Some people think "the door" is ab acceptable answer? Try the author of the riddle...

  4. Howard B
    November 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    The #&!#(@& giraffe thing has GOT to go.

  5. Mon
    November 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    But since it says you wake up already means you've probably opened your eyes too.

    • Stacey's Mum
      November 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

      But waking up could simply refer to you being conscious and aware of your surroundings even with your eyes closed, rather than the actual opening your eyes, getting out of bed etc. So I can still 'wake-up' with my eyes closed and know it's my parents round for breakfast at 3am if they're knocking on my door yelling "Stacey! Come and open the door, we're here for 3am breakfast!" xD

  6. Tina S
    November 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    To open the door is cute, but wrong.

    How would you know it's (1) your parents who came over for (2) breakfast, had you not already opened your eyes AND the door to greet them? As the text states, the visitors were not expected, meaning the reason for their visit must have been communicated between you waking up and figuring out what you have for breakfast. Moreover, it clearly states 'you wake up' in the meme, which requires opening eyes. Hence, from a strictly logic / non-creative / "inside the box" point-of-view, neither can be the right answer!

    Then again, whose parents would come over unexpectedly at 3am for breakfast??? Yeah, you better open your eyes.

    If you cannot think outside the box, you're a giraffe. :)
    Apparently in this case I'm a giraffe. I went for the door.

    • TechnoAngina
      November 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      You know it's your parent's because you looked out your window. It's a purposefully poorly crafted joke. Like the following: Spell the word silk. Now what do cows drink. If you say milk they jump up and exclaim you're wrong it's water...I then politely declined that since cows most certainly drink milk, as calves. Horrible jokes. I don't think you're a giraffe.

    • Angela A
      November 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Well, many say the door is right. :)

  7. Ulpi E
    November 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I'm actually a giraffe... Lol...

    I think that fads and memes should be welcomed since Facebooking could be boring without them. :D

    • Angela A
      November 7, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Yeah, good silly fun. That's all it is. :)

  8. Joel L
    November 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    The Bitstrips fad is just... blech. Good thing there's a fast way to block them all. Thanks!