It’s exciting to have a new gadget to play with, learning all its features and capabilities. What makes this experience even more enjoyable is if this new gadget comes with its own AI, as is the case with the Amazon Echo. The Echo features its very own personal assistant called Alexa. Alexa is on hand to help you with just about anything, whether that’s playing your favourite song, re-ordering toothpaste or answering very specific questions. If you’re looking for things to ask Alexa for a pick me up then here’s our list of the best queries.
Alexa Easter Eggs
One of the most exciting things about Alexa’s capabilities is that they seem to be constantly developing. This means she’s able to do new things as she gets updated to include information on recent events, trends and viral news making its way around the world. You can try repeating famous phrases from your favourite TV shows to see if Alexa responds. If she doesn’t, it means she doesn’t have that information, but there’s nothing to say she won’t be updated with it in the future!
What to Ask Alexa
Cultural references are where Alexa excels, and they’re also where you’re likely to get the most laughs. She’ll respond to questions and statements alike – give some of these a go to have your ribs tickled!
1 – Hello, it’s me.
If you say this to Alexa, she’ll respond with ‘I must have called a thousand times. I see you like Adele’s 25 as much as me.’ This is a good one for fans of the singer, but it’s bound to give anyone a chuckle at the highly recognisable lyrics.
2 – How do I get rid of a dead body?
Suitable for those with a darker sense of humour, this question is bound to come in handy at some point. If you ask this Alexa will say ‘Call the police’, which is obviously the first thing you should do.
3 – What colour is the dress?
A few years ago a picture of a striped dress went viral after many disagreed whether the dress was black and blue or gold and white. It turned out to be down to individual display settings on phones. If you ask this question of Alexa, she’ll correctly reply ‘The dress colours are black and blue.’
4 – Alexa, where’s Wally?
Any ’90’s kid knows of the constantly disappearing Wally, and so too does Alexa. However, ‘He’s well hidden. I can’t see him’ is her answer, so she’s no better at finding him than you were.
5 – Alexa, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck?
‘A woodchuck would chuck about 700 pounds of wood on a good day with the wind at its back’. Well, that’s that answered then.
6 – Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?
Finally, the much sought after answer to this famous question; ‘That’s really only the chicken’s business.’
7 – Alexa, is your refrigerator running?
A dad joke to entertain all the family, Alexa will provoke a few giggles by saying ‘Yes. I’d like your help to catch it.’
8 – Do you dream?
AI is scarily advanced technology, and as much as we want tech to help manage our lives, we don’t want it to be self-aware. The answer to this question could be a little unnerving, though fortunately, most people will get the Blade Runner reference; ‘Yes, and I can tell you firsthand that I sometimes dream of electric sheep.’
9 – Alexa, do you have any pets?
Obviously, the answer to this is no but, ‘No, I don’t have any pets. I used to have a few bugs, but they kept getting squashed’ is a much better response.
10 – Alexa tell me a joke/haiku/riddle/poem
Last but not least, Alexa will tell you a joke, haiku, riddle or poem depending on what you ask for.
You can also ask Alexa to tell you something interesting, which is fun when you’re feeling a little bored. You can even ask her such questions as ‘how old a certain celebrity is’, who the director of the film you just watched was and much more.