Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is best known for its talents in controlling smart home devices, playing music and answering questions. But with the right Alexa skills enabled, it can be quite a trivia buff, too. From quizzes to interesting facts, Alexa can keep you entertained and informed.
Alexa primarily powers Amazon's smart home devices, including the Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Fire TV and Fire Tablets as well as many third-party products such as the Sonos One. We've tested hundreds of the more than 70,000 skills available for these devices, and we're trying new ones every day. These are our favorite trivia skills available for Alexa.
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Do you know what the Dulong-Petit law is? What about Walras' law? Eponymous Laws will teach you the definitions of every law, theory or principle that's named after its creator. From Avogadro's number to Moore's law, these lessons will teach you more about the scientific and philosophical constructs that govern the world around us. Alexa will tell you about a different example each time you open the skill.
Make Alexa great again with a Trump Trivia, a trivia game based on the 45th president of the United States. You'll take on a random opponent in a battle of Trumpian knowledge. Throughout the game, you'll be treated to various audio clips from Donald Trump's time in office (for example, he says, "Sorry to keep you waiting," while the skill loads).
Potterheads, The Daily Prophet is the skill for you. Each day, you'll get a new "Harry Potter" fact (such as an "On this day" factoid from the Hogwarts universe or a lesson in an obscure spell) and answer a trivia question.
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How many calories are in a bag of Goldfish crackers? A Twinkie? A chicken salad sandwich? In Food Quiz, Alexa will name a variety of food items. You'll compete with your friends or a random opponent to guess how many calories are in each food. It's surprisingly addicting, and you'll learn more about the food you eat.
Kids ask a lot of questions, and parents don't always know the answers. Luckily, Alexa does in Questions Kids Have. Each day, Alexa will feature a new question that kids frequently ask, such as, "Are yawns contagious?" or, "What causes a Charley horse?" The assistant will then answer the query in a way that's fun and easy for kids to understand.
If it's Christmastime and you can't get enough of the holiday spirit (or if it's July and you're feeling nostalgic), play a few rounds of the Holiday Song Quiz. Alexa will play excerpts from holiday songs— not just traditional tunes, but also modern takes such as Gwen Stefani's "Santa Baby" and Carnie and Wendy Wilson's "Hey Santa." You'll compete with your friends or a random opponent to name the correct title and artist for each song.
It's never been so easy to learn everything you need to know about your favorite heartthrob. Did you know Channing Tatum competed in football, soccer, track and baseball in high school? With Channing Tatum Facts, Alexa will teach you all this and more, on command.
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