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“Alexa, fart,” plus fifteen other useful Echo tricks and tips

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I know. I know. I'm supposed to be this serious journalist or columnist or whatever. Fart tricks would seem to be below my level of professional standards. But here's the thing. Farts are fun.

To be honest, while I do my best to turn in professional-quality work, that doesn't mean I shy away from flatulence... or flattery for that matter. Yes, I am my inner 12-year old. I admit it.

More Alexa commands:

In this article, we'll look at how we can convince Alexa to fart and flatter. Beyond that, I've got a few useful tips and tricks for you as well.

So let's get started.

1) Alexa, fart. Seriously. I can't stop doing this now. What's wonderful is that there are a bunch of fart sounds, so you just gotta keep farting. On a more mundane note, Alexa apparently automatically enabled the 4AFart skill[1] when I made my first fart command.

TechRepublic: Amazon Alexa: The smart person's guide[2]

2) Alexa, flatter me. If you need a slight (and I mean really slight) pick-me-up, go ahead and ask Alexa to flatter you. No, it's not a fart, but it can cheer you up. Maybe. This also appears to have auto-enabled a skill, this time the Flatter me skill[3].

3) Alexa play the song that goes... If you add some lyrics, Alexa can search for a song with those lyrics and play it. I asked, "Alexa, play the song that goes I ain't gonna do you wrong," and she correctly knew that it was Respect

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