Even though I gave up this giraffe collecting project I never really let the idea go. And when I was out drinking with my good friend Jørgen on the 6th of June in 2009 I said a sentence that changed my life. We were discussing the internet and how amazing it is, when I said: "There really are no limits anymore. Anything is possible! I could easily collect one million giraffes if I wanted to." I wasn't really thinking about what I was saying and Jørgen wouldn't let that sentence go. He refused to believe it was possible to collect that many giraffes, so we made a bet. The wager is, as it always is with our silly bets, a case of beer.
We set a few rules: The giraffes must be hand made and not on a computer. Otherwise it would be too easy. The deadline was set to the 1st of January 2011, giving me a total of 573 days to get this done. A few days went by before I got around to thinking about how I was gonna do this. I figured I needed a website, so I made www.onemilliongiraffes.com and on Thursday the 11th of June 2009 I posted that link on my Facebook and Twitter accounts as an inside joke among my friends. I did this before lunch and hoped that I would get 20, maybe even 30, giraffes within a week. Then we would all laugh and forget about the whole thing. Well, it didn't really turn out that way. When I got back from lunch I had 46 giraffes in my inbox. Several of them from people I didn't know. I was baffled and confused. So I went online and saw that my friends had spread the link to all of their friends. And they had again spread it to their friends. The website spread like wildfire. By the end of that first day I had 134 giraffes and my life hasn't been the same ever since.
The project has since evolved to something greater than that silly little bet with Jørgen... It has become a way to spread joy and laughter! It really is a lot of fun to sit back and watch all the giraffes coming in from all over the world! I cannot believe the response I've gotten and the fact that the whole world is creating giraffes for me is mind-blowing. This whole experience is a daily exercise in being grateful and humble.
I love it.
I made this website myself and I run the project alone. I look like this: