Siri has become nearly synonymous with digital assistants. Tied to your device’s internet connection, Siri works across Apple’s different operating systems – and HomePod smart speaker – to help you with questions you might have using a simple voice-command interface. “Siri, what will the weather be today?” gets you a pretty predictable response, as the digital assistant checks the forecast and gives you the low down in her characteristic mellow, female voice.
Siri does more than just answer your questions via web search, though. She can also crack wise and give you a stern talking to. The folks at Apple HQ clearly had some fun hiding a few Siri Easter eggs for us to find, with more emerging as Apple continues make Siri work harder.
Yippee ki-yay, Siri
Siri channels her inner Samuel L. Jackson, if you know what to ask her.
While she normally doesn’t swear, or at least keeps her curse words pretty tame, there are ways to get around Siri’s content safeguards. The most recently discovered (accidental) Siri Easter egg has the digital assistant going all out when you ask her to define “mother.”
Seriously, that’s all it takes for Siri to break out the big guns. She’ll first define the word “mother,” but then she’ll prompt you to let her keep going onto the next definition, which offers “mother” as the short form of “motherf***er.”
Apple fixed this one pretty quick but we’ve left it here because it’s a reminder of how things can unexpectedly go wrong, and to encourage you to find more Siri oopsies:
Siri can finish certain song lyrics for you, but the best 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 either respond with, “The sound of that is really quite atrocious,” or some other Mary Poppins lyric.
A company man, through and through
You probably can’t forget that Siri is part of the Apple ecosystem even if you try, 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 “Okay, Glass” to Siri, mistaking her for Google Glass. She won’t let you off easy.
One of the first signs of an upcoming robot apocalypse is when the machines become self aware, so it might be time to worry.
Okay, that’s clearly an overstatement. Siri isn’t so much self aware as she is programmed with Siri Easter eggs that make her seem self aware.
Take, for instance, her knowledge of AI fiction. Try asking Siri, “Are you Her?” (a reference to the Spike Jonze film). She’ll offer variations on her answer, but the message is clear: Her is fiction, 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?
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.
I suppose the folks at Apple only programmed Siri to use words, and these are as close to the sounds of beatboxing as we can get?
Siri also knows a thing or two about movies. Or she knows at least enough to poke fun at Hollywood.
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 trippy 2010 blockbuster.
You can also ask about The Matrix, if you want to most succinct summary of the 1999 cyberpunk classic imaginable.
Siri seems to like TV too. She’s especially into Game of Thrones. 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 apocalyptic Siri Easter egg.
What is love?
If you’re looking to boost your ego or find companionship in your phone, you might want to look somewhere other than Siri for it.
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.
You can hardly blame Siri for not wanting anything serious, as she knows you can’t even buy her dinner, but still, these must be the harshest Siri Easter eggs the folks at Apple have programmed into her.
Nevertheless, 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
Some Siri Easter eggs serve a very practical function.
Try telling Siri you’re drunk, for instance. Not only will she check in and make sure you’re not driving, she’ll even offer a quick link to call a cab for you using your location.
Hopefully you’re nether drinking and driving nor chatting with Siri while you’re behind the wheel, but it’s nice to know Siri puts safety first.
These examples represent just a small sampling of the Siri Easter eggs you can check out.
Did we miss any of your favorites. Let us (and your fellow readers) know about your favorite Siri Easter eggs in the comments below.