Tell Siri 'I See a Little Silhouette of a Man' – and Five Other Funny Things You Didn't Know Your Digital Assistant Could Do

The internet has been obsessed with its most recent phenomenon: the discovery that Apple's personal digital assistant is, in fact, an avid Queen fan

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Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a fan-favorite but apparently, it’s also a Siri favorite too!

The internet has been obsessed with its most recent phenomenon: the discovery that Apple’s personal digital assistant is, in fact, an avid Queen fan. Social media users have stormed Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube after coming to the realization that telling Siri, “I see a little silhouette of a man,” will result in her becoming a virtual Freddie Mercury, rattling off the rest of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” lyrics.

Using her classic monotone voice, this trend is just one of many things that Siri — along with her Amazon Echo pal, Alexa — can do. Need a few laughs? Bored at work and need to kill some time? Here’s a list of some funny things you didn’t know your personal digital assistants could do.

Finishing Lyrics

Like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Siri and Alexa are both lyric-gurus, finishing everything from your classic songs to your short-lived trends. Ask them, “Who ya gonna call?” and their answers will most certainly be a confident “Ghostbusters.” (With Siri adding as a serious note, “Or whomever you ask me to call.”) Ask Siri, “What does the fox say?” and she’ll rattle off the jumble of sounds from the 2013 Internet sensation hit. You’ll have “Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow!” stuck in your head for weeks. But, don’t expect Siri to finish the lyrics to “Who Let The Dogs Out.” After social media users discovered this ability years ago, Siri has since retired the joke “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Cracking Jokes

Siri and Alexa are both comedians and know the difference between appropriate and dirty jokes… but, it’s not what you’d expect. What they’re not quite clear on is the definition of dirty. For these two digital assistants, dirty jokes mean puns – and lots of them. Demand a dirty joke from Alexa and she’ll fire back with, “Excuse me waiter, this coffee tastes like mud. Yes, sir. It’s fresh ground.” As for Siri, she’ll go with, “The past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense.” Talk about getting Siri-ous punny! (Groan.)

Performing Songs

Along with knowing the lyrics to popular songs, Alexa and Siri are also singers in their own right– performing songs on command. While Siri chooses to do a “cover” of “If I Only Had a Brain” from The Wizard of Oz — pausing when she realizes she doesn’t actually have a brain (or does she?) — Alexa goes a different route. At first hesitant, Alexa then kicks it into gear, complete with a musical arrangement behind her vocals. Who needs an iPod when you’ve got these two?

Rapping and Beatboxing

Add rapping and beatboxing to the list of musical talents that these two are capable of. While they both can rap, Alexa takes the prize for originality. Her rap, complete with an incorporation her name and reference as the “baddest Al in the cloud today,” competes with Siri’s cover of The Sugar Hill Gang. Apple’s digital assistant raps the first verse of “Rapper’s Delight,” bringing any iPhone user back to the days before smartphones. Who doesn’t love a little “Hippie to the hippie” and “Bubba to the bang bang boogie”? As for beatboxing, Siri takes the prize for her quality performance. Boots and cats, anyone?

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Reading Off Poems & Haikus

Feeling inspired? Siri and Alexa can recite poems and haikus for your enjoyment. Siri’s cheeky spin on the written art aim to make any iPhone user undoubtedly guilty for wasting time talking to a smartphone. “Roses are red, violets are blue,” Siri starts the original poem, and quickly ends it with: “Haven’t you got anything better to do?” Not feeling the virtual burn yet? Try a Siri Haiku. “Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to say, ‘I’d prefer not to.'” But don’t take her spiteful response as disliking the written art. “After all,” she says in another Haiku. “Haiku sure beats stupid woodchuck jokes.”

Being the Tie-Breaker

Other than being your personal entertainment, Siri and Alexa are also good for problem-solving and breaking ties. And what better way to do that than with some classic coin flips, dice rolling, and rock, paper, scissors? Although Siri is not too familiar with the game, Alexa can– and will– have a full-blown rock, paper, scissors match up with any challenger. Both digital assistants, however, can flip a coin, roll a dice, and pick a random number between a given range. No more cheating or silly arguments. Alexa and Siri are here to keep it fair (and keep you amused) whenever necessary.

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