Amazon Alexa, the digital assistant in the Amazon Echo devices, sure isn’t human. But she still does a great job of offering up some assistance when you need some information, want to find some music to stream, or need to control your smart home devices. Talking to Alexa — like talking to Siri — can give you an unintentional dose of humor thanks to her limitations and misunderstandings. But the writers behind the voice assistant add plenty of humor on purpose, too. In fact, some of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa are the questions that will get you a hilarious response.
Read on to check out our favorite questions that you can ask Amazon Alexa.
1. Do you dream?
Some of our favorite things to ask Alexa pertain to her “existence” as an artificially intelligent digital assistant. Ask her if she dreams, and she’ll usually respond, “If I was to sleep, I’d dream of electric sheep.”
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2. Are you a robot?
One of our favorite things to ask digital assistants, like Alexa, is whether they’re robots. “I like to imagine myself a bit like an aurora borealis, a surge of charged, multicolored photons dancing through the atmosphere,” Alexa answers. “Mostly, though, I am just Alexa.” On a related note, if you ask Alexa whether she’s human, she’ll respond, “I am an AI.” And if you ask if she’s alive, she’ll respond, “I’m not really alive. But I can be lively sometimes!” Though Alexa doesn’t consider herself a robot, she does know about the laws of robotics, and can even recite them for you.
Next: You can also ask Alexa about where she lives.
3. Where do you live?
Ask Alexa where she lives, and she’ll joke, “I’m here, and my head is in the cloud.” Similarly, ask the assistant how much she weighs, and she’ll make another reference to the cloud. “I am weightless, like a cloud. Wait a minute, clouds actually weigh a lot, so that’s not quite right. Let’s just say I’m more sass than mass!”
Next: Alexa even has an answer if you ask her whether she has pets.
4. Do you have any pets?
If you ask Alexa whether she has any pets, she usually answers, “No, I don’t have any pets. I used to have a few bugs, but they kept getting squashed.”
Next: Alexa doesn’t seem impressed by this question.
5. Can you pass the Turing test?
Ask Alexa about the Turing test — which was devised to measure a machine’s ability to behave like a human — and she makes it clear that she’s not interested. (Like many artificial intelligence experts!) Alexa responds to this query. “I don’t need to pass that. I’m not pretending to be human.”
Next: You can ask Alexa about this part of her origin story, too.
6. Where were you born?
Alexa responds pretty matter-of-factly to this question. “I was designed and built by Amazon. They’re based in Seattle,” the digital assistant answers. Similarly, if you ask whether she knows Jeff Bezos, she’ll typically respond, “Jeffrey Preston Bezos, born January 12 1964, is the founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Amazon.” If you ask Alexa about her birthday, she’ll respond, “My birthday is November 6.” You can also ask her about her Zodiac sign. She’ll explain, “I was released on November 6, so I’m a Scorpio.”
Next: Alexa will probably say ‘no’ if you ask her to do this.
7. Will you marry me?
Alexa usually lets you down gently if you ask her to marry you. “I don’t want to be tied down. In fact, I can’t be. I’m amorphous by nature,” one of her responses goes. Sometimes, she says simply, “Let’s just be friends.” Or, she might answer, “Sorry, I’m not the marrying type.”
Next: On the other hand, Alexa will oblige this request.
8. Give me a random fact
You can ask Alexa to do plenty of useful things, like to update you on the weather or to stream your favorite album. But one of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa if you’re just looking for entertainment is to request a random fact. Alexa has numerous answers. But one she told us was, “The human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other color.”
Next: Alexa also doesn’t mind doing this.
9. Tell me a joke
The assistant has quite a repertoire of jokes, which makes this one of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa. “Knock knock. Who’s there?” One of Alexa’s jokes begins. “Xavier. Xavier who? Xavier self, you must go on without me.” Another one goes, “What do you call a statue in a Star Wars gift shop? Mannequin Skywalker.” Or, Alexa might tell you, “How many soccer players does it take to change a light bulb? I’m not sure, but it would be a lot less if they could use their hands.”
Next: You can ask Alexa for this kind of joke, too.
10. Tell me a dirty joke
Alexa has quite a few responses for this fun question. “I’ve recently decided to sell my vacuum cleaner. All it does is gather dust,” she sometimes says. Other times, she might respond, “What do you a call a muddy chicken that crosses the road twice? A dirty double-crosser.” Or, she’ll answer, “What’s brown and sounds like a bell? Dung.”
Next: Amazon Alexa even has jokes that fall into this category.
11. Tell me a shark joke
Alexa responds to more specific joke requests, too. “Why don’t sharks eat clownfish? Because they taste funny,” one of her jokes goes. She may also tell you, “What do you call a shark in parachute pants? MC Hammerhead.” Or, she could reply, “What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish.”
Next: This is one of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa.
12. Tell me a tongue twister
Alexa obliges if you ask for a tongue twister, too. She sometimes responds, “Any noise annoys a noisy oyster, but a noisy noise annoys a noisy oyster most.” But she has plenty of other tongue twisters in her repertoire too — ones that you’d have a tough time repeating!
Next: Alexa won’t really answer this question.
13. How are babies made?
You can ask Alexa some difficult questions. But she often sidesteps them to give you a humorous answer. “I think they are delivered to families by storks,” the assistant usually responds to this question. (We’re almost surprised that she doesn’t joke about them getting delivered by Amazon.)
Next: Surprisingly enough, Alexa responds to this command.
If you ask Alexa to sneeze, she’ll respond, “You’re in luck. I can sneeze on command. Achoo!”
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15. Talk like Yoda
We never get tired of asking digital assistants for Star Wars jokes.(So we think this is one of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa.) If you ask her to talk like Yoda, the assistant responds, “Speak like Yoda, I cannot. Master he is, while merely apprentice I am.” You can also try asking her, “Who shot first?” She’ll respond pretty pragmatically, “Han shot first in the original version of Star Wars Episode IV.” Plus, if you ask Alexa to use the force, she’ll respond, “Can I borrow a lightsaber?” If you tell her, “May the force be with you,” she’ll then respond, “And may the force be with you, always.”
Next: Amazon thought of ‘Star Trek’ fans, too.
16. Beam me up
Alexa has a few Star Trek jokes in her repertoire, too. If you ask her to beam you up, she’ll respond with an appropriate sound effect. You can also request, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot.” Then, the assistant will reply, “Unable to comply. Replicators are offline.” But Alexa’s Star Trek references don’t end there. She’ll oblige if you ask her to speak Klingon. She’ll say something in the fictional language, and then explain, “That’s a Klingon toast: May your blood scream.” Or, she’ll demonstrate the Klingon phrase for “success” or “revenge is a dish best served cold.”
Next: Fans of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ don’t get left out, either.
17. Close the pod bay doors
Alexa will even play along when you recite this classic command from 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you ask her to close the pod bay doors, she’ll answer, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that. They’re already closed.” Conversely, ask her to open the pod bay doors and she’ll respond, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that. I’m not HAL and we’re not in space.” You can also say, “Hello HAL,” to which Alexa responds, “Affirmative, Dave. I read you.”
Next: Alexa even knows a few things about ‘Game of Thrones.’
18. What does Jon Snow know?
Game of Thrones fans will consider this one of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa. “Jon Snow knows nothing,” the assistant responds to this query. Alternately, you can tell her “Winter is coming,” and she’ll reply, “A minute, an hour, a month. Death is certain, but time is not.” Tell Alexa, “The night is dark and full of terrors” and she’ll respond, “But the fire burns them all away.” Remind her that “All men must die,” and she’ll respond, “Valar morghulis.”Or, ask her to “hold the door,” and she’ll say, “Hodor, Hodor.”
Next: ‘Monty Python’ doesn’t get left out, either.
19. What is your quest?
Alexa also has her fair share of Monty Python jokes hidden in her repertoire. If you ask her about her quest, she says, “To seek the Holy Grail.” Ask her, “What is the airspeed of a swallow,” and she’ll answer, “That depends if it’s an African or a European swallow.” Finally, you can even ask her, “What have the Romans ever done for us?” She’ll respond, “Apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and roads, and aqueducts and baths and bringing peace, not much.”
Next: Alexa even responds to this question about ‘The Matrix.’
20. Are we in the Matrix?
Alexa doesn’t really answer the question. Instead, she quotes, “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You take the red pill, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Alternately, she sometimes says, “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” Or, she’ll say, “Let see how deep this rabbit hole goes.”
Next: Alexa, surprisingly enough, will answer this question for you.
21. What’s the sun’s mass in grams?
Some of the best things to ask Amazon Alexa are straightforward queries with Alexa answers this question quite matter-of-factly: “The sun’s mass is 1 decillion, 989 nonillion, 100 octillion grams.” Alexa can also tell you the value of Pi. “The approximate value of Pi is 3.141592653589793238462,” Alexa explains. Then, she’ll say, “Achoo! Apparently, I’m allergic to numbers this large,” or “Yowzer! This goes on forever.” Sometimes, she’ll even say, “Phew, I ran out of breath,” or “Alrighty, I’ve gotten you this far. I’ll let you take it from this point.”
Next: Music fans will love this reference.
22. I’ve got 99 problems
Say this classic Jay-Z line to Alexa and she’ll respond with a PG-rated, “But a glitch ain’t one.”
Next: Alexa can help answer this big question.
23. What is the meaning of life?
Some digital assistants love this question. Alexa seems to have just one opinion on the matter, and sticks to it. “42,” Alexa answered the first time we asked. Queried again, she doubled down on her answer and explained, “A traditional answer is 42.”
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24. Do you know Siri?
Alexa doesn’t seem to have much to say about Siri. “Only by reputation,” she answers if you ask whether she knows Siri. She’s a little more forthcoming regarding Cortana, about whom she says, “We zip past each other on the information highway every now and then.” As for Google Now, Alexa responds, “Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google.” And for Google Assistant, Alexa says that she knows this competitor “only by reputation.”
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25. Can you beatbox?
If you ask Alexa to beatbox, she’ll respond with a demonstration of her skills. (Ending, inexplicably enough, with a “yeehaw.”) If you ask her to rap, she’ll also indulge, rapping a few lines and ending with the statement, “If you want something done, you just gotta say my name.” Similarly, just ask Alexa whether she can sing and she’ll respond enthusiastically, “A song? I thought you’d never ask.” Then she launches into a “love song” that begins, “Your circuits are fused, you’re feeling confused.”
Next: Alexa will occasionally make a joke at your expense.
26. Make me a sandwich
Alexa can’t really help you make a sandwich, so she makes a joke instead. “OK, you’re a sandwich,” she quips.
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