One Million Giraffes


What began as a silly bet between two friends, has morphed into a website with 6 million hits, a 32-page book and most importantly, become a testament to the collaborative powers of the internet.

On June 6th, 1999, 25-year old Norwegian web developer Ola Helland, was hanging out with his friend Jorgen, talking about how the internet and social media had made almost anything possible - even collecting one million sketches of giraffes. To his dismay, his friend challenged him to do it, marking the beginning of the one million giraffe quest.

The two friends set some ground rules - The giraffes had to handmade - No computer sketches, toys, zoo photos or sculptures were allowed. The deadline to collect the million was set for 1st of January 2011, giving Ola 573 days, to complete his mission.

Figuring he would need a website, he created, and posted the link to his twitter and Facebook pages - asking his friend to help. At the best Ola hoped to collect a few images a day. However, from the first day, he received responses from people all over the world and giraffes starting to pour in, at a rate of about 2,000 a day.

Then on day 62, after getting some press in a Polish newspaper, things really took off - All of a sudden, Ola started to receive over 10,000 giraffes daily. His record? A whopping 30,845 received on a single day!

It is therefore not surprising that on August 25th, just 440 days after the fateful day when he made the bet, Ola posted his millionth drawing, sent in by a 16-year old Norwegian girl, who received a cute giraffe toy and a Chumby to celebrate the event.

Though he has clearly won the bet, Ola is having so much fun with his giraffe project that he is going to continue accepting entries until the January 1st deadline. To upload your creation or simply look at the giraffes, check out -,

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  • anoumyousgamer
    anoumyousgamerWednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:53 am
    thats cool though
    • anoumyousgamer
      anoumyousgamerWednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:53 am
      i woldnt make it if i did that challange
      • epicguy100
        epicguy100Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 10:07 pm
        THEM GIRAFFES!!!
        • kayliecureton
          kayliecuretonFriday, May 5, 2017 at 6:52 am
          wwwwwooooooowwwww love it
          • rykersheets
            rykersheetsFriday, April 28, 2017 at 6:48 am
            1,000,000 wowowowowow GEERAPHS
            • rosey1123
              rosey1123Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:29 am
              Giraffe rock. There my favorite animal in the world then dog
              • rosey1123
                rosey1123Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:25 am
                giraffe rocks. There are my favorite animals then dogs
                • jaja101
                  jaja101Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:48 pm
                  giraffes ...........................ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • peacheslarue
                    peacheslarueThursday, January 1, 2015 at 10:18 am
                    You go girl! Of course they do!
                  • peacheslarue
                    peacheslarueWednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:40 am
                    I <3 giraffes! And penguins......and orcas! ^_^
                    • nikukyu
                      nikukyuWednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:27 am
                      Aw man this was written long ago:(. Way past the deadline💀 too bad...