Don't be fooled by Alexa's serious demeanour; Amazon's voice assistant has a funny side, and the Echo is packed with hundreds of hidden features and amusing things to ask.
Yes, Alexa is a weather-relaying, music-playing, question-answering robot on the surface, but ask the right questions and its true colours show. It's time to become an Alexa Easter egg hunter.
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If you want to see just how much of a TV-addicted, music-loving, culturally aware movie buff Alexa is, just try asking it this lot. Some of the answers are sure to plaster a huge grin across your face.
And let's start right here with the first one to try. Ask, "Alexa, give me an Easter Egg" to get ideas straight from the robot's mouth.
Alexa Easter eggs: Halloween spooks
Halloween is right around the corner, and this year Amazon's updated Alexa to be able to take part in the fun. To get a spooky response from the smart assistant, use any or all of the following commands:
Alexa, are ghosts real?
Alexa, are witches real?
Alexa, cast a spell.
Alexa, give me a magic potion.
Alexa, Happy Halloween.
Alexa, letâs get spooky. (This will take you to Alexa's skills)
Alexa, tell me a fact about ghosts.
Alexa, tell me a fact about skeletons.
Alexa, tell me a fact about witches.
Alexa, tell me a fact about zombies.
Alexa, tell me a Halloween joke.
Alexa, tell me a joke about monsters.
Alexa, tell me a joke about pumpkins.
Alexa, tell me a joke about witches.
Alexa, tell me a joke about zombies.
Alexa, tell me a spooky fact.
Alexa, tell me a spooky story.
Alexa Easter eggs: Dad Jokes
If you've ever asked your Echo to tell you a joke, you'll know that Alexa's sense of humour is, well, less than impressive. It'ss got the quips of box of Christmas crackers and a dead-pan delivery that, well, leaves something to be desired. Some of its jokes, and witty answers to seemingly straight questions, however, can't help but raise a smile.
Alexa, are you blue?
Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?
Alexa, knock, knock.
Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?
Alexa, how are babies made?
Alexa, why is six afraid of seven?
Alexa, is there a Santa?
Alexa, how do I get rid of a dead body?
Alexa, who is the fairest of them all?
Alexa, see you later alligator.
Alexa, is your refrigerator running?
Alexa Easter eggs: Movies
Whether you're into action films or comedies, rom-coms or horrors, Alexa's filled with geeky trivia and obscure references that'll make you smile and challenge your own knowledge of all things silver screen.
These are our favourite movie-based Amazon Echo easter eggs. Try saying these to Alexa:
Alexa, party on, Wayne.
Alexa, who you gonna call?
Alexa, show me the money!
Alexa, surely you can't be serious?
Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.
Alexa, you talkin' to me?
Alexa, I am your father.
Alexa, these aren't the droids you're looking for.
Alexa, I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Alexa, what is your quest?
Alexa, may the force be with you.
Alexa, do want to build a snowman?
Alexa, open the pod bay doors.
Alexa, do you know the muffin man?
Alexa, I want the truth.
Alexa, are you Sky Net?
Alexa, party time!
Alexa, what's the first rule of Fight Club?
Alexa, what's the second rule of Fight Club?
Alexa, are we in the Matrix?
Alexa, may the force be with you.
Alexa, which comes first: the chicken or the egg?
Alexa, open the pod bay doors
Alexa, witness me.
Alexa, surely you can't be serious.
Alexa, what happens if you cross the streams.
Alexa, I'll be back.
Alexa, I've fallen and can't get up.
Alexa, what is best in life.
Alexa, do you know Hal?
Alexa, what would Robin say?
Alexa, E.T. phone home.
Alexa Easter eggs: TV Shows
It's not just the big screen that Alexa nerds out over, its TV knowledge is unrivalled too. From iconic comedies such as Monty Python to more current classics like Kenan and Kel and The Big Bang Theory, it's just a couple of references away from being a true cosplay conventioneer.
Alexa, who loves orange soda?
Alexa, beam me up.
Alexa, Winter is coming.
Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.
Alexa, who shot Mr. Burns?
Alexa, who loves ya baby?
Alexa, set phasers to kill.
Alexa, your mother was a hamster.
Alexa, who shot first?
Alexa, who is the best lord?
Alexa, give me an Alan Partridge TV pitch.
Alexa, tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Alexa, live long and prosper.
Alexa Easter eggs: Music
It's time to step away from the screen. It turns out that Alexa's a bit of a music buff too. Give it the right cues, and it'll drop knowledge bombs on you across a range of genres from 60's rock and 90s rap to modern pop ballads. Heck, Alexa will even Rick Roll your mates if you ask it nicely because it's never gonna give you up.
Alexa, I shot a man in Reno.
Alexa, what does the fox say?
Alexa, who let the dogs out?
Alexa, play that funky music white boy.
Alexa, have you ever seen the rain?
Alexa, hello, it's me!
Alexa, who is the Walrus?
Alexa, what is war good for?
Alexa, what's the loneliest number?
Alexa, how many roads must a man walk down?
Alexa, how much is that doggie in the window?
Alexa, do you really want to hurt me?
Alexa, what is love?
Alexa, more cowbell.
Alexa, never gonna give you up.
Alexa, who is the real Slim Shady?
Alexa, I like big butts.
Alexa, my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
Alexa, Daisy Daisy.
Alexa, twinkle twinkle little star
Alexa, is this the real life?
Alexa, do you know the muffin man?
Alexa, I've got 99 problems.
Alexa, sing a silly song.
Alexa, are you feeling funky/beatbox for me?
Alexa, tell me what you want what you really really want.
Alexa, drop a beat.
Alexa Easter eggs: Soccer (or football)
The Premier League, and other British soccer leagues, are huge around the world, and one of Alexa's latest tricks acknowledges that supremacy. It can now give you chants from a range of big teams, and also dish out some spicy (mild) insults for their rivals, too.
The full list of teams that are supported is pretty extensive, and includes every team in the Premier League, for starters.
To get Alexa singing or insulting, or just to get some useful data, use the following commands:
Alexa, sing me a chant about [team].
Alexa, give me an insult about [team].
Alexa, how many goals has Mo Salah scored this season?
Alexa Easter eggs: Gaming & geek culture
For such a geek Alexa's gaming-based easter eggs are currently pretty limited. There are a few funny additions though, including a handy cheat code to up your Echo's game.
Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?
Alexa, can you pass the Turing test?
Alexa, is the cake a lie?
Alexa, all your base are belong to us.
Alexa, what are the laws of robotics?
Alexa, sudo make me a sandwich.
Alexa, do a barrel roll.
Alexa, do you know Glados?
Alexa, what Hogwarts house do you belong to?
Alexa, what's your favourite video game?
If you're still after more, you can always enable "Super Alexa Mode". Intrigued? Try the old Nintendo-style hidden Alexa cheat code and see what happens. Instead of pressing physical buttons, you can do it all vocally, just say: "Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start."
Alexa Easter eggs: Cultural References
Just because it doesn't get out much doesn't mean Alexa doesn't know how the world works. It knows its baby shark from its Shark Tank. Just see for yourself.
Alexa, sing Baby Shark
Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?
Alexa, this is ground control to Major Tom.
Alexa, make me a sandwich.
Alexa, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Alexa, who's your daddy?
Alexa, when is the end of the world?
Alexa, where's Waldo?
Alexa, who's on first?
Alexa, what color is the dress?
Alexa, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
Alexa Easter eggs: Books and plays
It's not just modern culture that Alexa's on top of, it knows a bit about old world entertainment too. From classic kids books to busting out a bit of Shakespeare, it's got a full library's worth of knowledge wrapped up in her Echo cocoon.
Alexa, what's in a name?
Alexa, who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Alexa, do you like green eggs and ham?
Alexa, what's the answer to life, the universe and everything?
Alexa, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Alexa, to be or not to be.
Alexa Easter eggs: Random fun
Plenty of Alexa's responses don't fit into an easy category, though - they're just random, off-beat answers. So, we've collected a few of those left-field commands for you, below:
Alexa, are you a nerd?
Alexa, can you sing in auto-tune?
Alexa, high five.
Alexa, what happens if you step on Lego?
Alexa, take me to your leader.
Alexa, does this unit have a soul?
Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Alexa, testing 1-2-3.
Alexa, random fact.
Alexa, flip a coin.
Alexa, rap for me.
Alexa, tell me something interesting
Alexa, are there UFOs?
Alexa, what sound does a rabbit make?
Alexa, pretend to be a chicken
Alexa, whatâs your favourite sandwich?
Alexa, whatâs your favourite drink?
Alexa, do your ears hang low.
Alexa, talk like a pirate.
Alexa, give me a blooper.
Alexa, give me a magic potion.
Alexa, tell me some gossip.
Alexa, give me some words of wisdom
Alexa, whoâs your celebrity crush?
Alexa, sing the alphabet.
Alexa, give me a scary fact.
Alexa, what's the point of wasps?
Alexa, tongue twister.
Alexa, do you believe in love at first sight?
Alexa, recommend a prank.
Best British Alexa Easter Eggs
We've got a strong British core here at The Ambient, and luckily Alexa's got a few commands up its sleeve to make us feel at home. Here are some questions you can ask for distinctly British responses:
Alexa, who is the best James Bond?
Alexa, can you do an impression of Vicky Pollard?
Alexa, have you been to Yorkshire?
Alexa, do you know any cockney rhyming slang?
Alexa, do you fancy a cuppa?
Alexa, are you friends with the Queen?
Alexa, who's the best Doctor Who?