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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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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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?

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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?

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

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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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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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The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

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ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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HBO Max: Everything You Need to Know About the New Streaming Service

What will you binge-watch first?
What will you binge-watch first?
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This week, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the long-awaited streaming platform that the company hopes can compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. But with HBO GO and HBO NOW already in existence, the addition of a third platform for HBO content has caused no small amount of confusion among both prospective customers and current HBO subscribers. Here are answers to all your burning questions about the buzzworthy new service.

What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that you can download as an app or access through your cable or internet provider. Just like Apple has Apple TV+ and Amazon has Prime Video, WarnerMedia now has HBO Max.

How is HBO Max different from HBO NOW and HBO GO?

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Before HBO Max, WarnerMedia had two different apps with the same library of HBO series and certain Warner Bros. films. HBO GO is for viewers who already pay for HBO through their cable TV provider, which is why you have to log in through your TV provider. HBO NOW is for independent subscribers who pay $15 a month for access to the same content. In other words, HBO GO is for customers with cable, and HBO NOW is for those without it.

Like HBO NOW, HBO Max is an independent subscription service that you don’t need a TV provider in order to access. The main difference comes down to content: While HBO NOW and HBO GO only include HBO series and some films, HBO Max offers tons of additional shows and films licensed from other distributors—plus new, exclusive originals (more on that in a minute).

How much does HBO Max cost, and how do I get it?

You can sign up for HBO Max here. Your first seven days will be free, and it will cost you $15 per month after that.

Do I already have access to HBO Max?

If you’re already an HBO NOW subscriber, your app should have automatically updated to the HBO Max app (if you don’t have automatic updates enabled, make sure to update it manually), and you can log into HBO Max using your existing HBO NOW credentials. Your recurring monthly payment of $15 will also now automatically start applying to HBO Max instead of HBO NOW.

If you watch HBO through your TV or mobile provider, there’s a good chance you can access HBO Max at no additional cost, too. Apple TV channels, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, Hulu, Spectrum, Verizon FIOS, Xfinity, and many other providers are included—you can see the full list here.

Which platforms will HBO Max be on?

You can stream HBO Max on your desktop on HBOMax.com, or you can download the app through the Apple app store, Google Play, or Samsung TV. You can also access HBO Max content on your TV through any of the providers listed here.

What's playing on HBO Max?

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Elmo and James Dean in the same place, at last.
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HBO Max boasts 10,000 hours of content that includes all HBO shows, many Warner Bros. films from the past century, new Max Original series, and other programs from CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, TCM, Adult Swim, and more.

To name a few highlights, the service currently offers all eight Harry Potter films, all 10 seasons of Friends, an exclusive selection of Studio Ghibli classics like Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) and Spirited Away (2002), and 2019’s Joker. The first few episodes of some highly-anticipated Max Originals are also available, including Anna Kendrick’s rom-com series Love Life, the voguing house reality competition Legendary, and Sesame Workshop's The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo (featuring guests Kacey Musgraves, John Mulaney, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and more—so far).

Will I get to see the Friends Reunion?

Yes, the Friends reunion will definitely debut on HBO Max, but no air date has been confirmed yet. Production was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re tentatively hoping to film it sometime this summer. (But hey, at least you have access to all the other Friends episodes to help you pass the time.)