Ask Siri to beatbox and your iPhone will spit gold
'Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots'
Okay, party people in the house, you're about to witness something you've never witnessed before. Yes it's the original computer beat box, Siri, and her partner, the grand wizard, uh... you?
Apple's intelligent virtual assistant is blowing the minds of iPhone users everywhere today with her ability to drop beats on command like some sort of robot-voiced Doug E. Fresh, minus all the talent.
If you have yet to witness Siri showing off this skill on your phone, on the internet, or on someone else's phone as you're headed to work, below is a full transcript of what the program will say when asked to beatbox:
Here's one I've been practicing.
Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots.
I could do this all day.
Cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots cats and boots and cats.
When asked by CBC News to beatbox again, Siri replied "I figured as much." The program also failed to provide additional examples of her beatboxing talents, and did not understand the phrase "drop me a beat."
She did, however, indicate that she could freestyle rap – but declined to do so upon first request on the grounds that her "def rhymes" and "sick beats" might be intimidating.
Noting that some British and American iPhone owners had, in fact, convinced Apple's virtual assistant to spit a few bars from from the 1979 hit Rapper's Delight, we asked Siri to rap multiple times in an effort to determine whether or not Canadian iPhone users could recreate the response.
On our ninth request, Siri finally recited a portion of the song, with "apologies in advance to The Sugarhill Gang."
Compared to actual beatboxers and rappers, Siri is not very good – but this seems to be precisely what makes asking the program to beatbox so entertaining.
Regardless of how rudimentary the "boots and cats" style is, people online are smitten with #SiriBeatbox. These musicians even found the virtual assistant worthy of collaborating with on a song.
Posts containing the words "Siri" and "Beatbox" together have reached almost 9 million people on Twitter over the past 24 hours, according to social tracking firm Keyhole.co.
But, like other Siri "Easter eggs" that have gone viral in recent years, the iPhone beatboxing trick isn't entirely new. As the Verge points out, popular Youtuber and performer Daichi uploaded a clip in December of last year showing Siri beatboxing in Japanese.
The news that Siri would beatbox for iPhone owners, however, only started going viral in North America this week.
Dataminr shows that the first recent tweet about the trick was published Jan. 11 by an account with the handle @Y2SHAF. That message has since been retweeted more than 2,800 times, spurring many similar tweets and dozens of news articles about the ensuing trend.
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