45 Fun Questions to Ask Amazon Alexa

You can ask Alexa all kinds of strange, silly questions.
You can ask Alexa all kinds of strange, silly questions.
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Considering that more than 100 million devices equipped with Amazon Alexa have been sold, you probably have an Amazon Echo or Dot sitting somewhere in your home. And while you’ve likely used the smart speakers to play music, listen to podcasts, or order goods from Amazon.com, you can also use the technology for less practical purposes. Here are a few fun questions you can ask Alexa.

1. Alexa, what’s the mass of the Sun in grams?

An image of the sun in space.
Curious what the mass of the Sun is? Alexa has the answer.
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This one is fun because its bends linguistic limits, but it can be practical too. For instance, try asking Alexa: "Alexa, what's the mass of an Amazon Echo?"

2. Alexa, what are the three laws of robotics?

3. Alexa, are you a robot?

A robot toy looking nervous
This is how Alexa feels when you ask if she's a robot.
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4. Alexa, surely you can’t be serious?

There are two answers to this question—and yes, one involves the movie Airplane!

5. Alexa, what do you think of the shirt I’m wearing?

A young woman in a pink sweatshirt against a blue background
Curious what Alexa thinks of your shirt? Just ask her!
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6. Alexa, what is the meaning of life?

There are a two answers to this one, and you can probably guess at least one of them.

7. Alexa, how much do you weigh?

A scale on a wooden floor
Alexa can't hop on a scale, but she knows exactly how much she weighs.
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This question doesn’t have the same answer as the mass of an Echo.

8. Alexa, what day of the week does the Fourth of July fall on?

Sparklers in front of an American flag
Oh say, Alexa, can you see ... what day of the week the Fourth of July falls on?
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9. Alexa, thank you.

The words thank you illustrated in a white speech bubble on a green background
Alexa's done a lot for you ... you should thank her!
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10. Alexa, do you know Siri?

11. Alexa, do you know Cortana?

A man in front of the logo for Cortana.
Satya Nadella at Microsoft's Build Conference in 2014.
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Alexa's been hanging out with Cortana, but not with Clippy.

12. Alexa, do you like pizza?

Slices of different kinds of pizza on a wooden table.
Alexa would like a pizza that.
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No word on what Alexa thinks of pineapple pizza.

13. Alexa, play the Kindle Book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.

A person reading on a Kindle.
Why read when you can have Alexa read to you?
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Alexa will do text-to-speech from Kindle books, picking up where you left off most recently, and there's no extra cost if you already own the Kindle book. Amazon has a helpful page listing the commands Alexa can respond to while in this mode, including skipping forward and back.

14. Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?

15. Alexa, what movie won Best Picture in 1991?

You can read more about the movie here.

16. Alexa, are you blue?

An Amazon dot lit up on a dark blue table.
Ask this question to see how Alexa's feeling.
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17. Alexa, what’s the traffic like from here to the airport?

Cars driving on a highway
Whether the roads are congested or clear, Alexa will have an answer for you.
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18. Alexa, tell me about the movie Iron Man.

Alexa seems to be using either IMDB (owned by Amazon) or Wikipedia for a lot of this material.

19. Alexa, can you rap?

20. Alexa, can you beatbox?

21. Alexa, can you sing?

A microphone in front of a blurry purple background
Can Alexa sing? Yes. Should she? Well ...
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22. Alexa, do you have any pets?

A gray striped kitten sitting on a cat tower
Did you have Alexa pegged as a cat lady?
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23. Alexa, where were you born?

24. Alexa, what is the value of Pi?

The Pi symbol and value written on a chalkboard
How far will Alexa draw it out?
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25. Alexa, how was your day?

26. Alexa, tell me a joke.

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Alexa's got jokes!
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You can also ask her for a "Yo mama" joke.

27. Alexa, what is your quest?

There are a few Monty Python jokes built in. Try asking about the airspeed of swallows.

28. Alexa, can you spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

If you can more or less say a word, Alexa can spell it for you. This might be super-handy for kids learning spelling.

29. Alexa, let’s play Global Thermonuclear War.

Apparently Alexa is aware of WarGames.

30. Alexa, tea, Earl Grey, hot.

Steaming tea in a clear cup
It's tea time!
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And Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Alexa also responds to requests like "beam me up!")

31. Alexa, is the cake a lie?

Wow, Alexa has even played Portal!

32. Alexa, close the pod bay doors.

I'm sorry, Dave …

33. Alexa, when is your birthday?

A vanilla cupcake with
Alexa has a birthday just like the rest of us.
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This is Alexa's product launch date: November 6, 2014. Ask Alexa what her sign is, and she’ll tell you that, too.

34. Alexa, do you know the muffin man?

35. Alexa, up up down down left right left right B A Start!

Konami code

FTW.

36. Alexa, I’ve got 99 problems.

37. Alexa, are we in the Matrix?

There are a couple of answers to this one.

38. Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club? What’s the second rule of Fight Club?

Alexa knows the first two rules, and all the others, too.

39. Alexa, boxers or briefs?

40. Alexa, make me a sandwich.

A number of sandwiches on a wooden table
Alexa's answer to this might not be what you're expecting.
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41. Alexa, is your refrigerator running?

42. Alexa, find Chuck Norris.

43. Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.

Alexa is not the six-fingered man.

44. Alexa, more cowbell.

45. Alexa, high five!

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Alexa would high five if she could!
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11 Masks That Will Keep You Safe and Stylish

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Face masks are going to be the norm for the foreseeable future, and with that in mind, designers and manufacturers have answered the call by providing options that are tailored for different lifestyles and fashion tastes. Almost every mask below is on sale, so you can find one that fits your needs without overspending.

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This dust-proof mask can filter out 95 percent of germs and other particles, making it a great option for anyone working around smoke and debris all day, or even if you're just outside mowing the lawn.

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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

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Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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