Feb 03, 2017|

Amazon Echo Hacks: 7 Bizarre Skills You Need to Try

 

My roommates and I decided to buy ourselves an Amazon Echo for Christmas last year, and we've been messing around with the device ever since.

Most people use the Echo or Echo Dot for the standard things: issuing voice commands to play music, listen to audiobooks, and get sports scores.

We decided to take the path less traveled and add all the weird Amazon Echo hacks and unusual skills we could find.

Alexa is now infinitely more entertaining with her soothing computer voice.

Amazon Dot on counter

If you are looking for suggestions that are actually useful, this article probably isn't for you. Here's a list of my favorite Amazon Echo hacks we've found.

1. Poetry and chicken nuggets

Have you ever been eating chicken nuggets on your couch then decided you wanted a more Zen-like experience? Hold onto your honey mustard, this skill is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

This Amazon Echo hack makes Alexa recite a chicken nugget-based haiku. Perfect for when consuming both fast food and frozen nuggets.

2. Catch a murderer

For all the DC comics fans out there, this is a must have. The skill is called The Wayne Investigation.

You play a detective trying to find out who murdered Batman's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Think of it as one of those old choose-your-own-adventure books. You listen to a bit of the story, make your choice with your voice, and continue discovering clues to catch the killer.

Amazon echo is fun for the whole family

This was great to play with all the roommates. We argued at every choice in the story. 10/10, would play again.

3. Box of cats

This is an easy way to drive someone insane while they're focused on a task.

When you ask Alexa to open the box of cats it plays a very loud, very annoying meow. Repeat to elicit ultimate rage.

4. Chuck Norris abides

If there is one indisputable fact in this universe, it's that Chuck Norris is the glue holding our existence together.

The skill chuckFacts turns Alexa into a chronicler of the toughest man ever to walk the Earth.

Listen to her praise the man and explain just how tough he really is.

Glory to Chuck.

kids around table

5. One-man roast

Are you a glutton for punishment? This is the skill for you.

Get Burned! is the perfect way to elicit an extra spicy tough lashing from your Amazon Echo or Dot.

Simply tell Alexa to open the program, and she will fire back with an insult that'll have you nursing your now-bruised ego.

Warning: This is not a suitable skill for use with kids as the insults may be a bit harsh.

6. Relive the legend of Leroy

I think we all remember the first time we experienced the legend that is Leroy Jenkins.

This Amazon Echo hack lets you relive the rush of running into a raid behind the man himself again and again.

Simply let Alexa, know that 'chums up' and she'll respond with the classic battle cry of Leeroy Jenkins.

7. Kind words and screaming goats

Need a little inspiration to start off your day right? Let Goat Compliments help!

When you ask for a compliment, this Amazon Echo hack will assault your ears with a goat scream, followed by a lovely reassuring remark. Of course, every compliment is also finished with a goat scream to make the perfect auditory goat scream sandwich.

However you've been using your Alexa hardware up to now, you owe it to yourself to find fun questions and commands to select Amazon Echo tricks that will bring some added mirth to your life.

After you try out these Amazon Echo tricks, they will be saved in your user account history, and you can view a home card for the skill in your Alexa app. This card is left in your account, so you can easily access that skill again even if you forgot what it was called.

Visit Amazon to find more skills to try out on your device.

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