Tip of the Day: Have Siri Tell You a Story

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Siri is wonderfully useful, giving you directions, current weather conditions, and stock market updates, setting appointments and reminders, and much more. But as you've likely discovered, Siri also has a fun personality—including telling you jokes and even telling you a bedtime story.

To get Siri to tell you her bedtime story, you need to be persistent. Say, "Tell me a story." And Siri will typically say something like, "I'm certain you've heard it before." So then ask again. She'll say something like, "I'm sure I've already told you," or "What, again?"

Also try asking, "Tell me a bedtime story." If you're lucky, Siri will relent and tell you a short story about an intelligent young agent named Siri in a virtual galaxy far, far away.

In addition, Siri has a small repertoire of jokes. Here are some queries you can try that will keep you chuckling:

  • Tell me a joke
  • Tell me a riddle
  • Knock knock
  • Why did the chicken cross the road?
  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?   
  • What is the meaning of life? (Siri's typical answer to this one makes more sense if you're familiar with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
  • Talk dirty
  • Beam me up
  • Open the pod bay doors, Hal (a reference to the movie 2001 a Space Odyssey)

Siri usually has multiple responses to these, so try them more than once. You'll also get clever responses if you ask Siri personal questions about herself.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.