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Did you know about these Siri easter eggs?
For some people, Siri is synonymous with digital assistants. It’s deeply integrated into Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV, and the technology even predates Amazon Alexa by three years. Normally it’s intended for things like setting timers or controlling music — some Siri easter eggs, however, are meant for pure fun.
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Below are just a few examples of the easter eggs out there, since it would take a while to be comprehensive, and by definition Apple only adds new ones without telling anybody. We won’t reveal Siri’s exact responses in most cases in order to keep the surprise intact.
Siri can finish certain song lyrics for you, but the best song to try is certainly Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” If you say, “Siri, I see a little silhouette of a man,” she’ll respond — well, her response is far too long to transcribe here. Give it a try.
Or, for a shorter sing-along, try, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Siri will answer with the next verse from the Mary Poppins song, or from another song in the same musical.
A company man, through and through
You couldn’t forget that Siri is part of the Apple ecosystem even if you tried, but on the off chance that you’re not sure where her allegiances lie, try asking her about tech. The folks at Apple have programmed a few quippy responses as clever Siri easter eggs. When you get a chance, ask Siri what she thinks is the best operating system, or who the best assistant is. Or what phone you should buy next.
You can also tick her off by misidentifying her. Try saying “OK Google” to Siri, mistaking her for Google Assistant. She won’t let you off easy. You can also try saying “Hey Siri, Alexa” to hear a dig at Amazon’s digital helper.
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One of the first signs of a robot apocalypse is when the machines become self-aware, and Apple likes to play on related pop culture references. Take, for instance, her knowledge of the Spike Jonze film Her. Ask Siri, “Are you Her?” and she’ll offer variations on an answer, all with the message that Her is fiction and Siri is reality. Or, if you want an eerie dodge, ask Siri if she follows Issac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. Her answer might scare you a little.
Cats and boots
Did you know Siri can beatbox? Well…she can’t, and this is one of the weirder Siri easter eggs.
Go ahead and ask her to beatbox for you. Her performance will go something like this: “Here’s one I’ve been practicing. Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots. I could do this all day. Cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats…” and so on.
It could be that the folks at Apple only programmed Siri to use words, and these are as close to the sounds of beatboxing as we can get.
Movie and TV buff
Siri also knows a thing or two about movies that goes beyond buying tickets. Or at least, she knows at least enough to poke fun at Hollywood blockbusters. Ask her what Inception is about, or don’t, if you don’t want to hear her honest and not altogether favorable opinion of Christopher Nolan’s film. You can also ask about The Matrix, if you want the most succinct summary of the 1999 classic imaginable.
You might also try asking a few questions that come from quotes, such as “Hey Siri, show me the money” or “Hey Siri, open the pod bay door.” Siri seems to like TV too, and she’s still obsessed with Game of Thrones, despite its final season. You’ll get a taste of that if you ask her, “Is Jon Snow dead?” or “Is winter coming?”
It’s the end of the world as we know it
Try checking in with Siri about when the world will end. Her answers won’t be too reassuring, but she’ll likely get a smile out of you with this even more apocalyptic easter egg.
What is love?
If you’re looking to boost your ego or find companionship, you’re better off elsewhere. Asking Siri if she loves you, if she’ll go on a date with you, if she’ll dance with you, or if she’ll marry you won’t yield great results. She’ll usually skate around the question and come up with transparent excuses not to be with you.
Having said that, give it a try. Siri’s responses are pretty funny, and she alternates between a few different (gentle) put-downs.
Siri’s got your back
In some cases there are easter eggs that should actually be well-publicized features. Specifically we’re thinking of the ability to tell Siri you’re drunk, since she’ll offer a quick link to call a cab. That’s potentially life-saving, and if nothing else, it’s easier on an intoxicated brain. If there’s something you need, it probably can’t hurt (any more) to try Siri.
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