By Trae Jacobs,
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Smart home devices like Alexa help to make our lives easier. They can remind you of tasks and appointments, order supplies for your home when you’re running low, and even come with a sense of humor, (if A.I. can have such a thing). One of Alexa’s most-loved humor based commands is her self-destruct code; a Star Trek easter egg for keen ears.
Alexa’s self-destruct activation code is, “code zero, zero, zero, destruct, zero.” At this command, she starts to count down from 10, and when she reaches one, the audio of a ship exploding plays. While this Alexa command is very popular among users, it isn’t the only pop culture reference or joke hidden in Alexa’s repertoire.
Alexa’s command base is chock full of jokes, tidbits, hidden tricks, cool hacks, movie and TV show Easter eggs, and pop culture references. She even has a secret mode which she can enter with a very specific command, the Super Alexa mode, as well as other modes that help her to adapt to your needs.
Alexa’s Alternative Modes
Alexa’s various modes offer a few different purposes. Some of the modes were created to adapt to the user’s life, allowing Alexa to meet certain needs with subtle hints. These modes can come in handy, but none is more exciting than the Super Alexa mode code.
What is the Super Alexa mode code?
Alexa’s cheat code list continues to grow, and Super Alexa remains a code that mystifies users. Don’t worry though, Super Alexa mode is not dangerous. It is simply a code used to allow users to have a little extra fun with their smart devices.
The Super Alexa mode code is, “Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.” Be careful to get the wording perfectly right, or Alexa will warn you you’re close, but will not activate Super Alexa mode. Once the code is activated, however, Alexa will announce, “Super Alexa mode activated. Starting reactors; online. Enabling advanced systems; online. Raising dongers. Error: dongers missing. Aborting”
Alexa’s Super mode code is a nod to the original Nintendo coders. These coders are responsible for the creation of cheat codes on the original Nintendo devices. When the codes were first created, they were dubbed “Konami codes,” after the parent company, Konami Holdings Corporation.
Alexa’s Other Alternative Modes
Alexa also features other alternative modes for more practical reasons. All of the following modes can be found in the settings under “Voice Responses:”
- Brief Mode
- Whisper Mode
- Celebrity Voice Mode
While not as exciting as Super Alexa mode, these modes can help with the day-to-day interaction between you and your Alexa. Each mode listed above is described in more detail below.
Brief mode is an excellent resource for anyone who feels bogged down by Alexa’s sometimes verbose answers. This mode cuts down on the length of Alexa’s responses and plays a short sound when commands can forgo a verbal response. This mode is a great option for those with roommates.
Whisper mode allows Alexa to detect when she is being spoken to in a whisper so that she also whispers her responses. Unfortunately, at the moment, this feature is only available to devices set in English (US), however, it is a lifesaver to those who find themselves using Alexa late at night.
Celebrity Voice Mode
Alexa can also take on the voice of your favorite celebrity with celebrity voice mode. While the selections vary at times and by country, Alexa has a built-in command in which she can “introduce” you to a celebrity. At the time of writing, the available celebrities are Samuel L. Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Melissa McCarthy. In order for her to speak in their voices, you must command Alexa, “Introduce me to, [celebrity name],” and she will activate the mode.
Hidden Alexa Commands and Features
Alexa’s hidden features range from jokes, tools, and Easter eggs from all your favorite movies and TV shows. While most of these aren’t useful tools like some of the modes listed above, they do create a lot of fun.
Useful Alexa Tools and Skills
- Math questions – “Alexa, what’s 365 divided by 10?”
- Conversions – “Alexa, how many [measurements] make a [measurement?]”
- Pick a random number – “Alexa, pick a number between 1 and 100.”
- 20-second timed handwashing – “Alexa, help me wash my hands?”
- Word definitions/spelling – “Alexa, define/spell [word].”
TV Show and Movie Easter Eggs
- “Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya”
- “Alexa, party on Wayne.”
- “Alexa, what is your quest?”
- “Alexa, don’t mention the war.”
- “Alexa, may the force be with you.”
- “Alexa, who you gonna call?”
- “Alexa, beam me up.”
- “Alexa, I want the truth.”
- “Alexa, what’s the first rule of fight club?”
- “Alexa, show me the money.”
- “Alexa, I’ll be back.”
- “Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?”
- “Alexa, is Jon Snow dead?”
- “Alexa, your mother was a hamster.”
- “Alexa, play that funky music.”
- “Alexa, who let the dogs out?”
Alexa’s hidden commands and features range from useful to downright funny. This list is only a portion of the commands. With all those cinema Easter eggs, Alexa must be a movie buff.
Alexa’s wide variety of commands encompass everything from the useful and the practical to the downright funny. Alexa’s engineers have left quite a few treats for users to explore, including a large number of movie and TV references for fans of the screen. Level up your Alexa experience by becoming an expert on what she has to offer!