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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

Oh say, Alexa, can you see ... what day of the week the Fourth of July falls on?RomoloTavani/iStock via Getty Images Plus

9. Alexa, thank you.

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?

Satya Nadella at Microsoft's Build Conference in 2014.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Alexa's been hanging out with Cortana, but not with Clippy.

12. Alexa, do you like pizza?

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.

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?

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17. Alexa, what’s the traffic like from here to the airport?

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?

Can Alexa sing? Yes. Should she? Well ...
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22. Alexa, do you have any pets?

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?

How far will Alexa draw it out?marekuliasz/iStock via Getty Images Plus

25. Alexa, how was your day?

26. Alexa, tell me a joke.

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.

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?

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.

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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!

Alexa would high five if she could!
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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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An Illinois School District Has Banned Fully Remote Students From Wearing Pajamas While Learning

The great thing about Zoom is that it's almost impossible for people to tell if you're wearing pajamas.
The great thing about Zoom is that it's almost impossible for people to tell if you're wearing pajamas.
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Having most of your interactions via video chat can be a little exhausting, but it does come with a few perks—like being able to wear your pajama pants without anybody knowing or caring. For students facing remote learning in Illinois’s Springfield School District, however, PJs are against the rules.

WGRZ reports that the dress code for Springfield’s learn-from-home plan includes a ban on pajamas, which a number of parents aren’t too happy about.

“I don’t think they have any right to say what happens in my house,” parent Elizabeth Ballinger told WCIA. “I think they have enough to worry about as opposed to what the kids are wearing. They need to make sure they’re getting educated.”

Aaron Graves, president of the Springfield Education Association, doesn’t actually appear to disagree with Ballinger.

“In truth, the whole pajama thing is really at the bottom of our priority scale when it comes to public education,” Graves told WCIA. “We really want to see kids coming to the table of education, whether it’s at the kitchen table with the laptop there or whether it’s the actual brick and mortar schoolhouse. Raising the bar for all kids and helping them get there, whether they’re in their pajamas or tuxedo, is really what’s important.”

Though the pajama prohibition was part of the regular in-school dress code [PDF], imposing it from afar will definitely be more difficult. Fortunately, the administration’s enforcement policy is pretty vague; a statement shared with WCIA explained that “there are no definitive one-to-one consequences” for wearing your pajamas to online school, and teachers will decide what to do about any given violation.

In other words, it looks like kids with easygoing teachers (and parents) will get to stay in their nightshirts, while others might have to learn their multiplication tables in tuxedos.

[h/t WGRZ]