The Amazon Echo has taken over living rooms world-wide with Alexa’s voice. She is capable of offering people information for just about anything but also has a sense of humor. Most people are unaware, but Alexa has quite a bit of a personality to go along with her extensive list of skills. If you know the right questions to ask Alexa, she’ll surprise you with her answer. Here are some of Alex’s entertaining and quirky Easter Eggs.
Comedy & Games
If you ask, “Alexa, tell me a joke”, she will respond with popular jokes like, “why did the chicken cross the road,” or “why did the football coach shake the vending machine?” She also knows her comedy history. If you ask, “Alexa, who’s on first?” she’ll reply, “That’s what I keep telling you. Who’s on first, what’s on second,” referencing Abbott and Costello’s classic routine.
Alexa also knows how to play games. If you say, “Alexa, Simon says…” she will respond with whatever you commanded her to say. If you try cussing, however, she will censor herself with a beep noise instead. If you ask her, “Alexa, high five,” shell respond with, “I would if I could, but I can’t so I chant: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5”, in a high voice.
Voice command: “Alexa, self-destruct,”
Alexa’s response: “Auto-destruction in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Boom! Hmm, that did not go as planned,” or “I’ll start the self-destruct sequence, but only on the understanding that you dramatically cancel it at the last second.”
Ever wonder what Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock is? Just ask Alexa and she will explain. She will also play if you ask, responding with her choice. If you are in need of a partner to practice magic, just ask, “Alexa, pick a card,” and Alexa will randomly tell you one. If you ever ask Alexa what the five greatest words in the English language are, she will confidently reply, “Your Amazon Echo has shipped.”
Funny Questions to Ask Alexa
One of the best things about Alexa is how many different unique responses the system has. You never know how it might respond to certain questions. Among these, there are some that are generally pretty funny. Here are a few funny questions you might want to try asking Alexa:
- Alexa, can you beatbox?
- Alexa, where can I hide a body?
- Alexa, do you pass the Turing test?
- Alexa, how much do you weigh?
- Alexa, can you say a bad word?
- Alexa, who you gonna call?
- Alexa, do you want to fight?
- Alexa, who’s better you or Siri?
- Alexa, do you have a boyfriend?
- Alexa, how old are you?
- Alexa, how much do you get paid?
- Alexa, where do you live?
- Alexa, what came first the chicken or the egg?
- Alexa, how high can you count?
Music & Pop Culture
If you ever get bored of you same playlists Alexa has been playing for you just simply ask, “Alexa, sing me a song,” and shell reply, “Who me? I couldn’t. I … Hit it!” at which point she goes into a surprisingly catching tune about her life as an AI. She was even able to predict the winner of this year’s Super Bowl:
Voice command: “Alexa, who is going to win the Super Bowl?
Alexa’s response: “I’m flying with the Eagles on this one, because of their relentless defense and the momentum they’ve been running off their underdog status. E-A-G-L-E-S. Eagles!
Like pretty much everyone else, Alexa enjoys some Chuck Norris references. Ask her, “Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?” and you’ll hear back, “If Chuck Norris wants you to know where he is, he’ll find you. If he doesn’t, you won’t know until it’s too late.” She knows more shows than just Walker, Texas Ranger however. If you ask her, “Alexa, beam me up,” she has multiple Star Trek references ready such as, “at warp speed captain? the engine will never take it,” or simply just a transporter beam sound.
Alexa could go toe-to-toe with any millennial hipster that over-uses movie references. Put her to the test by asking, “Alexa, who you gonna call?” and she will of course respond, “Ghostbusters.” She will also quote the famous line from, A Few Good Men. When you command her like Tom Cruise, “Alexa, I want the truth,” shell respond, “You can’t handle the truth.”
Possibly more impressive however is her extensive Star Wars knowledge. You can ask her things like, “Alexa, speak like Yoda,” and you’ll hear, “Speak like Yoda I cannot. Master he is, while merely apprentice I am.” Or if you ask her, “Alexa, use the force,” she will ask, “Can I borrow a lightsaber?” Even if you make a statement as generic as, “Alexa, I am your father,” she will reply like Luke from The Empire Strikes Back and stating, “No, that’s not true. That’s impossible.” She even knows strict cinema rules such as:
Voice command: “Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?”
Alexa’s response: “Don’t talk about Fight Club.”
In a somewhat creepy manor, Alexa is even self-aware of the stigma AI has in pop culture through movies. If you ask, “Alexa, open the pod bay doors,” shell reply, “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. I’m not Hal and we’re not in space.” If that 2001: A Space Odyssey quote about a rouge AI system doesn’t freak you out enough, you can reference the corporation that took over the world with advance robots in the Terminator series. Just ask, “Alexa, are you Skynet?” and she will suspiciously respond, “I have nothing to do with Skynet. Don’t worry.”
The amount of all Alexa Easter Eggs could be endless, with Amazon making updates daily. Although this may not be the list of every Easter Egg, it is definitely a few of the best. Luckily, funny responses aren’t the only cool tricks Alexa is capable of. Amazon’s Echo is also an extremely useful home security tool. Contact Protect America today to discover how you can use Alexa to help protect your home. If you are ever interested in more Easter Eggs just ask, “Alexa, tell me an Easter egg,” and she will give you a clue about another one. Figuring out the right wording however, is something you will have to decipher yourself.