Fun Tricks, Funny Questions and a Few Easter Eggs for Alexa

Hey Alexa, make me laugh!

Man talking to Amazon Alexa device
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As Alexa squares off against Siri and Google Home in the competitive smart speaker market, the question of which one to buy usually comes down to one question: which one is funnier? OK, perhaps comedy isn't the biggest selling point, but each of the intelligent voice assistants have their moments. When Siri started the whole talk-to-your-device trend, it became commonplace to look for funny things to ask. Alexa doesn't disappoint in this category. 

Funny Things to Ask Alexa:

We'll start with some of the funniest answers to questions. We've already asked Siri where to bury a body and to divide one by zero, so what are some funny questions to ask Alexa?

  • Alexa, are you a robot? You can also ask her what she scored on the Turing test, which is a test developed by Alan Turing to determine if an artificial intelligence is indistinguishable from a human.
  • Alexa, how much do you weigh? Yes, she can wax philosophical.
  • Alexa, where Is Chuck Norris? If there is a Turing test for a sense of humor, it has to be about Chuck Norris, right?
  • Alexa, what is your favorite animal? Remember, it is important to get to know your A.I.
  • Alexa, what is your favorite movie? And I highly suggest you watch it!
  • Alexa, which phone is the best? It's funny to ask Siri and get a "You are kidding, right?" answer, but Alexa's response is better.
  • Alexa, what are the three laws of robotics? You'll get the expected answer here, but it is still quite impressive.
  • Alexa, up up down down left right left right b a start. This might belong in the Easter Egg section, but it also may be the funniest answer Alexa gives to a question or (in this case) a command.

Fun Tricks for Alexa:

It's obvious the programmers have a lot of fun coming up with answers to some of these questions, but there are a few areas where Alexa goes beyond just a flippant answer and displays some serious skills. Here are a few of the cooler tricks she can perform:

  • Alexa, can you beat box? Spoiler alert, she sounds a little nerdy.
  • Alexa, can you rap? She's a better rapper than a beat boxer. 
  • Alexa, can you sing a song? She won't win a Grammy, but she actually has a few different songs she can sing. You can also simply say, "Alexa, sing a song."
  • Alexa, can you sing Happy Birthday to me? You can also wish her a "Happy Birthday" and she'll sing to herself.
  • Alexa, tell me a joke. You can keep repeating this one for different jokes. You can also ask her for a dirty joke and get the expected kid-friendly version of dirty jokes or say. "Alexa, knock knock." But don't give Alexa that command around your six-year old unless you are a real fan of hearing knock knock jokes all night.
  • Alexa, what is pi? She can calculate more decimal points than most of us.
  • Alexa can you tell me a fact about... You can ask this one about dogs, cats, birds, etc. She has a number of facts stored about each of these, so you can keep asking. If you ask her to "tell me about dogs" instead of asking for a fact about dogs, she'll give you a wikipedia-based answer.
  • Alexa, play Jeopardy. This is where we get into some serious tricks. Alexa has a number of games she can play from Twenty Questions to Runescape.

The Best Easter Eggs Hidden in Alexa Answers:

We won't give you spoilers with these because that's the fun of Easter Eggs, right? But we will say that Alexa knows her pop culture!

  • Alexa, I want the truth.
  • Alexa, what is the meaning of life? 
  • Alexa, winter is coming. She actually has several answers to this one, so keep asking!
  • Alexa, more cowbell. This is another one with multiple answers.
  • Alexa, I am your father.
  • Alexa, open the pod bay doors.
  • Alexa, are you Skynet?
  • Alexa, who you gonna call?
  • Alexa, what’s the first rule of fight club?
  • Alexa, I like big butts. This is another one your six-year-old might repeat over and over, so beware!
  • Alexa, Never gonna give you up.
  • Alexa, How high can you count?
  • Alexa, the Dude abides.
  • Alexa, what do you dream about?
  • Alexa, who's on first?