My chair put this riddle on FB and asked everyone to answer through the messenger. My answer is below but it’s apparently not the right one.

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: bread, milk (pasteurised!), juice, and a jar of jam. To answer, what will you open first? Only answer directly to me via PM. Thanks!

I’ll open my eyes because it’s more likely that my parents will schlep all the way over from Canada at 7 am than that I’ll have such an empty fridge. I must be sleeping.


22 thoughts on “Riddle”

  1. You’ve given the only technically correct answer: If you are asleep and awakened by a sound, obviously the first thing you open are your eyes.

    And of course you open the front door before you open the refrigerator.

    Besides, nobody keeps bread in the refrigerator, so it’s a dumb riddle!


    1. We keep bread in the refrigerator. Why? What’s wrong with that? Where do you keep it?

      By the way, I did order from Omaha steaks because they offered a crazy discount. No empty fridge in this Ukrainian’s house!


        1. “Can you give a link to the George Foreman grill you like? Thanks.”

          Google “walmart george forman grill,” and you’ll get a web page with a large variety of G.F. grills. Amazon Prime charges too much for the same models.

          Buy the CHEAPEST one that’s large enough to cook the number of steaks that you’ll want to grill at the same time.

          The cheapest models have these advantages: NO unnecessary temperature controls or off-on switches to wear out and break, so they last forever. (Mine is still going strong after almost 20 years and literally thousands of uses.) You turn the grill on by plugging it in, then just leave it alone until the meat’s done, and unplug it.

          Most of the newer “simple” models have removable grilling plates, making them easier to wash than the original model. But if you put the meat in an aluminum foil pouch before you grill it, the grill never gets any grease on it, so you don’t have to clean it afterward, anyway. Just let it cool down and close the lid until next use. That’s a trick I learned about 10 years ago.

          If you actually get a G.F. grill, do a post about it, and I’ll add a comment with my expert tips on how to grill perfect steaks with the least amount of effort. 🙂


              1. “I bought it!”

                Which model did you order from Walmart? (I was too sleepy last night to ask you then.)


      1. “We keep bread in the refrigerator. What’s wrong with that?”

        Per the food experts on the Internet: “Bread stored in the refrigerator will dry out and become stale much faster than bread stored at room temperature. For longer-term storage, you should freeze bread. Soft-crusted, pre-sliced breads will keep fresh for up to a week at room temperature.”

        I keep my white sliced bread on my kitchen counter next to the toaster, and a cheap loaf of supermarket bread will stay fresh in my house (where I keep the winter room temperature at a comfortable 80 degrees) for about three weeks before any mold appears.

        Yeah, I told you that Omaha Steaks offer crazy discounts a couple of times a year around the holidays. But now they’ll start sending you two mailings a week where they try to hit you up for ridiculous prices only a clueless rich celebrity would pay.

        Too bad you don’t have a George Foreman grill to do all those steaks you bought justice.


        1. That’s why I’m asking for the link. I think I want to get it. But I don’t understand grills, so I need advice. Or tell me the model name instead. I looked on Amazon and there are many different kinds.


      1. “The first thing you open is the FB messenger! To write your answer!”

        -Oh my god. I love it.

        BTW – The Pen that question is me. It’s because of a typo on my phone.


        1. “The first thing you open is the FB messenger! To write your answer!” BULLSTICKS!!

          By allowing Clarissa to post the riddle on an open (non-FB) forum, Clarissa’s boss has unwittingly allowed the riddle to be posted on a public forum, where ANYBODY can offer an answer without having to contact her/him via her/his FB page.

          If Ms./Mr. Bigshot can’t see the correct answer on this comment page because s/he refuses to look outside FB, that’s her/his problem.

          The correct answer, as I posted hours ago, is that you first open you eyes from your sleep, then you open the door for your parents, and finally you open the refrigerator door to throw out the dried bread which didn’t belong in the fridge in the first pace.

          And now I’m going to bed, so if you want to bitch about my conclusions, do it in the morning. Thanks!


          1. The wording was, “To answer, what is the first thing you open?”

            The act of answering has nothing to do with the scenario. It’s all extraneous information. The riddle works because of the instruction to reply via Messenger. Otherwise, it doesn’t really make much sense.


  2. Maybe hold off on using ground beef
    Massive ground beef recall expands to more than 12 million pounds
    Mike Snider, USA TODAY Published 11:15 a.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018 | Updated 1:27 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018

    OK, now you really should check your freezer for ground beef you may have stashed away.

    The massive ground beef recall initiated in October by the nation’s largest beef processor – JBS USA – has gotten even bigger.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says an additional 5.1 million-plus pounds has been recalled beyond the 6.9 million pounds recalled two months ago for risk of contamination with salmonella newport, a strain of the bacteria that is a common cause of food poisoning.

    The 12.1 million pounds of raw beef products including ground beef were produced between July 26 and Sept. 7 by JBS USA at its JBS Tolleson, Inc., processing plant in Tolleson, Arizona.

    The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency said in an update on its website. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

    Among the hundreds of products on the list are ground beef sold at Sam’s Club stores in more than two dozen states and Walmart stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. Some products were packaged with the brand names Kroger, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef and Gourmet Burger.

    The USDA said the meat was sold at stores nationwide. The packages have an establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The USDA has found as many as 246 people from 26 states have gotten sick….

    Wasn’t it romaine lettuce a couple of weeks ago?


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