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Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2015, 09:40:24 pm »
She also knows rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock!

More than I do...  *off to Google*

EDIT:  Ah, Big Bang Theory...  I've never watched it.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #51 on: January 12, 2015, 03:29:56 pm »
    Alexa is good with Shakespeare...she answers "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"  She also knows who lives in a pineapple under the sea, what's the loneliest number, and how many roads a man must walk down.

    She also freaks out if you say, "Alexa, I am your father."

    And for the old-school gamers among us, trying telling her "All your base are belong to us."

    She made me laugh out loud when I asked her how much that doggie in the window was.
     
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #52 on: January 17, 2015, 11:10:43 pm »
    "Alexa, what do you think about Siri?"
    "Alexa, what do you think about Cortana?"
    "Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?"
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #53 on: January 20, 2015, 10:07:49 am »
    Alexa is good with Shakespeare...she answers "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"  She also knows who lives in a pineapple under the sea, what's the loneliest number, and how many roads a man must walk down.

    She also freaks out if you say, "Alexa, I am your father."

    And for the old-school gamers among us, trying telling her "All your base are belong to us."

    She made me laugh out loud when I asked her how much that doggie in the window was.

    These were all good!  :D
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #54 on: January 21, 2015, 04:36:58 pm »
    Try telling her "It's my birthday."  My 5 year old told her to say poop, and she said she would rather not say anything rude.

    I told her "Alexa, you're so cool."

    She said, "You really think so?  Thank you"
     
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #55 on: February 24, 2015, 01:56:00 pm »
    I just asked "Alexa, where am I?" She gave my location in miles/kilometers from the center of my small, one-zipcode town. How did she know my location with such precision? ::)
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #56 on: February 24, 2015, 07:09:26 pm »
    I just asked "Alexa, where am I?" She gave my location in miles/kilometers from the center of my small, one-zipcode town. How did she know my location with such precision? ::)

    Location services via your wifi.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #57 on: February 25, 2015, 12:31:56 am »
    Yesterday I asked "where am I" after the Echo gave me weather on the west coast by mistake.  Said I was .49 miles from the center of Broadway.  That sounds about right, but I don't know what cross street the center of Broadway is near.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #58 on: February 26, 2015, 07:38:41 am »
    I've had mixed results asking distance questions based on my location.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #59 on: March 27, 2015, 08:45:27 am »
    A simple list of basic commands for the Echo ~

    MUSIC

    Play "Artist" on IHeartRadio
    Play Rock, Reggae, Rap etc.
    Play Some Music
    Play Music by "Artists Name"
    Thumbs Up (IHeartRadio)
    Thumbs Down (IHeartRadio)
    Whats Playing?
    Stop
    Mute
    Unmute
    Repeat
    Cancel
    Louder
    Turn it down
    Volume (0-10)

    WEATHER

    Whats the Weather?
    Whats the 7 day Forecast?
    Whats the Weather in "City"?
    Whats the Weather in "City" on "Day"?
    Is it going to Snow on "Day"?
    When does the Sun Set/Rise?
    Will it Rain Today?
    Will it Snow Today?

    GREETINGS

    Awake
    Hello
    Hi
    Hola
    How are you?
    Good Morning
    See you later Alligator
    Goodnight
    Later
    I'll see you later
    Have a nice Day
    Are you feeling good?
    Did you miss me?

    NEWS

    Whats in the News?
    Whats Up?
    Whats Going on?
    Next, Previous, Pause

    TIME/ALARM/DATE/TIMER


    What Time is it?
    What's the Date?
    What Day is it?
    What Year is it?
    How long until "Holiday"?
    How long until "Date"?
    How long until "Time"?
    How manys Hours until "Holiday"?
    Wake me up at (1-12) in the Morning
    Set the Alarm for 7:30 a.m.
    Do I have an Alarm Set?
    When's my Alarm set for?
    Set the Timer for "up to 24hrs"
    How much Time is left on my Timer?
    Stop (when Alarm or Timer is Sounding)
    Snooze (when Alarm is Sounding)
    Cancel Alarm
    Cancel Timer

    SHOPPING LIST/TO-DO LIST

    Add "Item" to my Shopping List
    I need to make a Dentist Appointment
    Put "Erand/Activity" on my To-Do List
    I need to Buy "Item"
    Create a To-Do

    RANDOM QUESTIONS/REQUESTS

    Ask it Math Equations Example: What is the square root of 64?
    When will the World End?
    How Big is the "Object"? Example: Great Wall/Sun
    How Hot is the Object? Example: The Sun
    How Far is the Object? Example: The Moon
    What is Gravity?
    What is the Gravity on "Planet"?
    How many Inches is it to Location? Example: Los Angeles/The Moon
    How many Planets are in the Solar System?
    How Old is "Object"? Example: The Earth/The Universe
    How Deep is "Object"? Example: Atlantic Ocean
    Who Wrote Movie,Show,Book,etc.?
    What Year did the Movie/Album/etc. Come Out?
    Who Stars in the "Movie"?
    Who Won Best Actor/Movie/etc. Year?
    What was "Artist" First Album?
    Who is the Lead Singer of "Band Name"?
    Who Won the "Event" in "Year"? Example: World Series/Super Bowl
    If I was Born in "Year" How Old am I?
    How Far is it from Here to "Location"? Example: North Pole
    How Many People live in "City, Town, etc."?
    When is "Persons Name" Birthday?
    What is "Number" Miles in Kilometers?
    When is "Holiday" this Year?
    Who was the "Number" President?
    Who Assassinated "Person"? Example: Lincoln
    How Old is the Declaration of Independence?
    Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    What's the Capital of "City, State, etc."?
    Which Continent is "City, State, Country, etc." in?
    How Long is a Flight from "Location" to "Location"? Example: NY to Hong Kong
    What is the Distance between "Location" and "Location"?
    How Many Feet is the "Object"? Example: World Trade Center
    How Tall is "Object"? Example: Mount Everest
    What is the Average Penis Size?
    What Year was "Person" Born?
    How Old is "Person"?
    Who is "Person"?
    What is a "Thing"?
    Where is "Place"?
    How Fast is a "Object"? Example: Cheetah/Human
    How Fast is the Speed of Light?
    How Fast is the Speed of Sound?
    How Fast is Mach 3?
    How Many MPH is 25 Knots?
    How Many Ounces are in a Pound?
    How Many Teaspoons in 1 Tablespoon?
    How Many Ounces are in a Cup?
    Who is the Mayor of "Town/City,etc"?
    Who is the CEO of "Company Name"?
    Who Owns "Company Name."?
    What Temperature does Water Boil at?
    Pick a Number Between (1-million)
    Pick a Random Number
    What is the Loneliest Number?
    Count to 10
    What Number am I thinking of?
    Flip a Coin
    Wikipedia: "Anything"
    Spell "Any Word".
    Pronounce "Any word"?
    What's the definition of "Any word"?
    What is "Any Word or Object Name"?
    Is an Iphone Waterproof?
    What is the Best Tablet?
    What is the Age of Retirement?

    FUN STUFF

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
    What does the fox say?
    What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    Why did the chicken cross the road?
    Party on Wayne
    Do you like green eggs and ham?
    One fish, two fish
    Say hello to my little friend (movie quotes)
    Why do you sit there like that?
    What was the lorax?
    Who you gonna call?
    Who shot first?
    Are you talking to me?
    Mirror Mirror on the wall, whos the fairest of them all?
    Whos on first?
    Open the pod bay doors
    My name is Inigo Montoya
    You killed my father, prepare to die - same result as above
    Show me the money!
    Is the cake a lie?
    Do you know the muffin man?
    Beam me up
    I am your father
    I want the truth
    Who loves ya, baby?
    What do you do?
    Give me advice
    Give me wisdom
    What is love?
    To be or not to be?
    Do you smoke?
    Do you want to fight?
    You are an idiot.
    Will you marry me?
    Are you evil?
    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Do you drink/eat?
    Are you sleepy?
    Do you have sex?
    Do you want to build a snowman?
    What is your quest?
    Are you skynet?
    Do you think Im pretty?
    Give me money
    Are you human?
    Are you a robot?
    Do you work for the CIA?
    Do you want to take over the world?
    Do you like white people?
    What are you made of?
    Are you happy?
    Where are you?
    Where are my keys?
    Are you a man or woman?
    Can I have a hug?
    What are you wearing?
    How are babies made?
    What is the answer to life?
    Would you like to play a game?
    Is Santa real?
    How tall are you?
    What do you weigh?
    What is your favorite thing to do?
    Who is your boss?
    What is your favorite color?
    Are you smarter than Siri?
    Whats Amazon Echo?
    Is there a God?
    What is your name?
    Who is your daddy?
    What are you?
    Why is the sky blue?
    Can you make phone calls?
    You're fired
    You suck
    F*ck you
    Sing me a song
    Make me a sandwich
    Rock, paper, scissors
    Roll the dice
    Knock, Knock
    Tell me a joke
    Tell me a riddle
    Random word - It will say a random word
    Simon says + words you want Echo to repeat

    BLUETOOTH

    Pair Bluetooth
    Disconnect my phone
    Connect my phone


    CANCEL (Cancel anything, music etc.)

    HELP


    .... and the newest one.... "Alexa, give me my traffic update" or "Alexa, what is my traffic update?"
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #60 on: March 29, 2015, 09:23:09 am »
    Thanks!

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #61 on: March 30, 2015, 06:43:10 am »
    Thanks!

    Betsy

    You're welcome Betsy! :)

    Just wanted to add that that list was sent to me, I am not the originator. There are some things on that list that I just wouldn't say! lol!
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #62 on: March 30, 2015, 02:04:22 pm »
    I didn't know that you could ask Alexa how to spell words!  My ex-husband would have LOVED that.   ::)

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #63 on: March 30, 2015, 03:17:17 pm »
    Some of those questions would confuse my Echo.  She would say "I don't understand the question."
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #64 on: March 30, 2015, 03:22:17 pm »
    Some of those questions would confuse my Echo.  She would say "I don't understand the question."

    Just curious.. which ones did she miss?
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #65 on: March 30, 2015, 03:55:03 pm »
    I didn't know that you could ask Alexa how to spell words!  My ex-husband would have LOVED that.   ::)

    She's really good at it too! :) She can also do math. I love asking her "what is 6 divided 7" ? For a giggle, ask her "Alexa, what is 8 divided by 6" (she is so cute!)
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #66 on: March 30, 2015, 04:01:43 pm »
    She's not very good with money math. :(

    But! She loves to tell me what time it is in various places around the globe, and the weather there.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #67 on: March 30, 2015, 04:47:45 pm »
    I just asked "how old am I?"
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #68 on: March 31, 2015, 07:56:41 am »
    I just asked "how old am I?"

    If you ask her how old *she* is, she'll tell you ;)
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #69 on: March 31, 2015, 02:29:30 pm »
    Just curious.. which ones did she miss?

    I didn't ask the list of questions, but often my Echo is confused by what I ask.  I don't use it that much for questions besides the weather and latest news.  I use it mainly as bluetooth speaker with my laptop and to play radio stations and music from my Amazon music library.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #70 on: March 31, 2015, 03:18:38 pm »
    I didn't ask the list of questions, but often my Echo is confused by what I ask.  I don't use it that much for questions besides the weather and latest news.  I use it mainly as bluetooth speaker with my laptop and to play radio stations and music from my Amazon music library.

    For many of the questions that Alexa seems to "miss", it can merely be an instance of how it was phrased. I know that over the months she has trained me ;) to ask things in a certain way.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #71 on: April 06, 2015, 03:27:55 pm »
    My Echo is a little wacko sometimes.  I just asked "Alexa, what is the weather" which is my most frequent question, and it answered "Goodnight."  Asked again and it gave me the weather.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #72 on: May 07, 2015, 08:36:36 am »
    Last night I asked Alexa the name of Prince William's daughter...and she knew!!  ;D

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