Talk to Siri now

If you have Siri enabled, say “I see a little silhouetto of a man.”

Then listen to the response.

80 Comments

  1. Geoff Toscano
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Ha! Very good.

    How on earth did you find that?

  2. ChrisH
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I refuse to have any of that nonsense activated (and I’m an IT professional)!

    • Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Thank you for this vital information about your tastes.

      • ChrisH
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        Sorry, I’m not entirely convinced on the security behind voice activated apps.

        Maybe I’m just paranoid!

        • Kevin
          Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

          It is paranoia.

          If you were to commute to work on bike everyday, you would be first in line to have the sacks of warm meat and water replaced by automated machines that operate the 3000+ lb pieces of equipment driving next to you.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted July 27, 2017 at 4:48 am | Permalink

          I’m not entirely convinced on the security behind voice activated apps.

          I am convinced – which is why I keep them disabled too. (Not that I’ve had an iDevice since about 2011.)
          You’re not paranoid – they are out to monetise their customer’s every word.

          • Mark Ayling
            Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

            If it’s paranoia, it’s justified. For another example, Roomba vacuum cleaners might be used to map their owners’ homes.

            • Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

              Would somebody please tell me how Apple is monetising the use of Siri, preferably with evidence.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

              Roombas make maps these days? They didn’t in the past. [reads article] Dumb move. Cameras too? Dumber move.
              [Finds non-existent Samwalimas present list. Chisels out “Roomba”.]

  3. Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I don’t have Siri (don’t want to either). What’s she say?

    • Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Find a friend with Siri.

      • Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        I can guess. I once like Queen too, though I wasn’t a huge fan.

    • Jon Mummaw
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      If you don’t have an iPhone, you can ask Pentatonix.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 27, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      Google it. (Several versions on Youtube, say.)

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    That was pretty wild. Never, Never let you go.

  5. Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Ah. Now I get the fandango joke in PCC’s headline on Scaramucci.

  6. Posted July 26, 2017 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Cackleeeeeee!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Siri said: “I can’t find silhouetto of a man, would you like me to check the web?”

    Maybe someone can post what siri says that is supposedly funny.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Siri goes into a long statement that is very strange and funny. You are probably leaving something out or Siri is not quite understanding you. In must be said exactly as Jerry shows.

      • Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

        Errr, you do know its the lyrics from Bohemian Rhapsody?

    • Taz
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      You have to say “little silhouetto”.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Aha, got it. Thanks for the help. I never use Siri.

  8. busterggi
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have Siri but I saw this coming – not psychic, just know funny when I see it.

  9. alexandra Moffat
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a cell phone or anything with Siri. Am curious about what happens! Hard to get bars around here – the reception is awful. so I have not bothered .plus I am intimidated by much of tech, I do admit.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      The “intimidated” part made me imagine Siri bullying you.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 4:55 am | Permalink

        In a dark cellar in Cupertino … it’s rather like a scene from Pulp Fiction. prototype-Siri gets mediaeval.

    • Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Well, if you say “I see a little silhouetto of a man” at a digital assistant that has been programmed by somebody with a sense of humour what do you think it might say back?

      Clue

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        I had Bohemian Rhapsody in my head all day because of this post. Which is better than the Pussy Riot song I had in my head from The Handsmaid’s Take.

  10. Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Even Brian May (Queen guitarist) was surprised by this. He posted on FB yesterday.

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    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      One of the developers at work showed me commented delivered code that was a song but we couldn’t remember which one.

      The funniest response I ever saw from a system was a SUN system that spat out “back to the drawing board baby” when we did something wrong in it (can’t remember what).

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 4:57 am | Permalink

        If you played the original “Colossal Cave”, there was a range of phrases which elicited the response “Watch out! The Wizard is watching!”

    • Filippo
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      I take it that he has a stellar reputation for hardly ever being surprised by anything.

      • Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:01 am | Permalink

        Well, he certainly has a stellar reputation!*

        But in this case, you might have thought Apple would have let him know.

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        * Some might appreciate an explanation: May has a Ph.D. In astrophysics, was a long time friend and collaborator of the late Sir Patrick Moore, has appeared on Stargazing Live ŵ Prof. Brian Cox, &c., &c.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted July 27, 2017 at 4:59 am | Permalink

          … and May more-or-less completed his thesis in about 1976, but didn’t submit it and earn his PhD until about 2000. Which probably elicited some comments from “PhD” the webcomic, since one of their long-running themes is “the power of procrastination”.

          • Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:09 am | Permalink

            Yeah. Arguably he should have been disqualified; most unis require Ph.D. candidates to submit their theses within a time-limit (a few years). So it might have elicited some comments from other postgrads who left it to late … 

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          • Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:11 am | Permalink

            The Imperial College website says, “After a viva on Aug 23rd, the revised thesis was approved on Sept 24th 2007, almost exactly 37 years after it had been commenced.”

            /@

          • Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:17 am | Permalink

            Download it here: https://spiral.imperial.ac.uk:8443/handle/10044/1/1333

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  11. Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      I’ve always been a fan of the lip-sync by Wayne & Garth & Co.:

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

        Yeah that was a good one.

      • Filippo
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps James Carden’s inspiration.

    • darrelle
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      Animal is Awesome.

      I wouldn’t stand there.

      Why not? What’s that line for?

      That’s how far Animal’s chain reaches.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:01 am | Permalink

        Why all the blood stains?
        People forget Animal has arms.
        OIC.

  12. Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if anyone here realizes it yet but the little solhouetto of a man is Anthony Scaramucci.

    Will he do the Fandango?

    • Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Indeed. He does the Fandango, but only with the orange great one, whom he loveth.

      • Filippo
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

        Johnny Carson: “May an unclean troll fandangle in your fruit loops.”

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:03 am | Permalink

          Fandangling someone or something is an activity of Rambling Syd Rumpoe.

    • Ken Pidcock
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Actually, the original little silhouetto of a man was Donald Trump’s first appearance at the Republican National Convention.

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      And as a result, Jared has what is probably a new nickname.

      Koosh.

      That would be because Scaramucci is known to some as Mooch. Probably not quite the gravitas Jared had in mind for his role as Son In Law of the President of the United States of America.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

        Haha. We need George Bush back to hand out the nick names. He called Puin “Pooti-poot” right to his face. W was aggravating but there were times when he was pure joy.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

          Pain=Putin. Trouble hitting the t’s hard enough. Because I’m weak like woman.

  13. Susan D.
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Will someone please post what actually happens?!! Not all of us have access to iPhones.

    • Posted July 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      Siri recites the lyrics to the song in dead-pan fashion.

      • Jackson
        Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

        What song?

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

          Bohemian Rhapsody.

          • Filippo
            Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

            What with the word “silhouette,” I was speculating that it was Billy Joel:

            “She’ll cut you once, she’ll cut you twice . . . she’s so good with her stiletto.”

            • Filippo
              Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

              I wonder how Alexa would respond.

              • David Evans
                Posted July 27, 2017 at 2:59 am | Permalink

                Alexa says “Sorry, I’m not sure”. She’s no fun.

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted July 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

                Not to me she didn’t – she told me that only Freddie Mercury could do that song justice though a bunch of karaoke fans would disagree.

              • Posted August 1, 2017 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

                She’ll respond now and tell you that Freddie Mercury was better. My hubby tried it with his Kindle a couple of days ago.

              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:06 am | Permalink

                Check again tomorrow.
                There’s a Google-a-like “voice assistant” too, isn’t there?

              • Diana MacPherson
                Posted July 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

                Funny you asked – I tried this morning and put the results somewhere in this thread.

      • darrelle
        Posted July 27, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        She does more than just recite the lyrics. She makes some clever / funny additions / changes.

        • Posted July 27, 2017 at 10:07 am | Permalink

          I think she must have had some assistance …

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          • darrelle
            Posted July 27, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

            Poor assistance? Or maybe pour assistance?

    • Diane G.
      Posted July 28, 2017 at 4:53 am | Permalink

      Susan, no one’s gonna let us in on it. I’m assuming that “Scaramouche, Scaramouche” gets replaced by “Scaramucci, Scaramucci,” can’t imagine what the fandango part turns into, but don’t care to know anymore after listening to all the teasers here.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 28, 2017 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        Nope, that’s not what happens. Also, you can use it on an iOS device or just google it and you’ll find stuff on YouTube.

        • Diane G.
          Posted July 29, 2017 at 2:42 am | Permalink

          Screw it.

      • Posted July 28, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

        If you haven’t yet got it from all the “teasers” here, you probably haven’t had enough comments yet.

        Listen to the Muppets if you need a big hint.

        /@

  14. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    In a similar vein – this time of probably unintentional connections instead of intentional ones – I just found an advert in my inbox offering me “Free Soap & Glory Bright & Pearly Body Spray”.
    Those of a certain age will remember a sitcom theme song about “Land of Soap and Water / Mother washing her feet … ” which sprang to my mind on reading this. Then I had to shout “Shaddup!” at the connection between “Pearly Body Spray” and the “Robin” of “Kapow Batman”.
    Don’t blame me!. Balme the world which brought us this, President Trump, and all the products here.

    • darrelle
      Posted July 27, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

      You have a twisted mind. I’d enjoy hanging out with you.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        I’ll take that as a compliment. Or a warning. Or both.
        Both is safest.

        • darrelle
          Posted August 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

          No no, definitely meant as a compliment.

  15. Mike
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Ist answer,”you can be anything you want in my realm” 2nd answer,”I don’t really understand this gender thing”

  16. Posted July 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Two responses: “You sound very capable.” “You can?” Haha.


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