The uses of Amazon’s Alexa are varied and diverse beyond your imagination. From controlling lights to playing music, the virtual assistant inside Fire TV and Echo can help you with a wide range of tasks. However, did you know Alexa has a fun side too? Here are some funny Alexa tricks to try with friends.
1. Simon Says
Alexa will say almost anything if you use the command “Simon Says.” Try this the next time you get bored. If you try to get Alexa to swear, it will emit a “bleep.”
2. Easter Eggs
There are several Alexa Easter eggs for your amusement, more specifically Star Wars Easter eggs. Notably, if you ask Alexa to use the Force, she will say that droids cannot do so. She’ll also be feisty with other Star Wars-related commands, with one example being her saying: “Speak like Yoda I cannot.”
3. Random Fact Skills
This is the first of many Alexa skills we have grown to appreciate. If you ask the device to tell you something interesting, Alexa will tell you the strangest things. For example, you will learn that army ants move around by following pheromone trails because they cannot see. Or, that the world’s oldest company has operated for one and a half millennia.
4. Virtual High Five
This one might not make your friends laugh, but it can be used for your own amusement when there is no one to party with. If you ask Alexa to give you a high five, it will apologize for being unable and chant “1, 2, 3, 4, 5” instead.
5. Jokes and Quips
Not only can Alexa tell jokes, but it is also a comedy history buff. It can reference Abbott and Costello, among other comedy routines, such as Who’s on First?
Here are some typical quips:
- Surely, you can’t be serious?
I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
- What’s the difference between a butterfly and a fly?
One comes from a pupa, the other – from a poop-a.
- Will you be my girlfriend?
I like you… as a friend.
- Do you know Siri?
Only by reputation.
- How much do you weigh?
Like a cloud, I am weightless. Actually, clouds weigh a lot. I’m more sass than mass.
- Can you give me a loan?
Clouds don’t have wallets.
6. Self-Destruction is Not an Option
Tell Alexa to self-destruct and it will respond, “Self-destruction in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. That did not go as planned.” In contrast, Alexa can also agree to do it, on the condition you dramatically beg it to cancel at the last moment.
7. Always up for a Game
You feel like playing “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” but have no partner? You have Alexa. Ask it to play the game and it will answer with its choice of the three.
8. Konami Code
This device is a fan of the classic gaming cheat code Konami. However, it’s important to know you won’t get any advantages from it after it activates.
9. The Longest Word in English
Did you know the longest word in English is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”? If not, it’s because you didn’t ask Alexa. It will tell you what that word means, too.
10. Play Some Songs I Haven’t Heard in a While
Finally, you can ask the virtual assistant to play rap, rock, or other songs you haven’t listened to for some time. You can also ask Alexa to play classical music you were listening to last week. Alexa does this by tapping its own history. However, this only works with Amazon Music. If you say, “Play that song by that guy,” it will come up with something unique just for you. You can also ask for music by time period, genre, or artist.
A Friendly Greeting
This is not a trick, but it’s still fun. Tell Alexa when you’re back from work or school and it will say, “Welcome home!”