It's probably been years since you played the gossip game in which one person whispers a message to his or her neighbor...then the message goes on to the next person and the next person - until it becomes unrecognizable.
Well, Siri and Google Voice are no better.
An artist named Michael Silber put them to the test as part of a thesis called "Digital Humor Theory" he authored at New York's Pratt Institute.
Silber wrote some text and had Siri read it. He phoned himself, left the recording as a voicemail message and had Google Voice transcribe it. Siri then read the transcription and Silber started the process all over again.
Fairly quickly the sentences lost all meaning. In what might be a promising bug in the system, the word "chocolate" started appearing - I like that!
Follow the link to hear the back-and-forth between Siri and Google Voice.
For the second time in five days, the locks on cell doors at a Montgomery County jail suddenly unlocked.
That sort of defeats the purpose of a jail, don't you think?
No inmates tried to escape either time - early this morning and this past Tuesday - in Boyds. Todays incident involved about 500 cells.
The Director of the County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says a secuirty door that opens unexpectedly is a major security problem. Well...yes.
About 20 police cars were on patrol outside the facility today just in case. The locks were reset within an hour.
Here's more on the story.
If you were among the folks around the world who made Gangnam Style the most-watched video ever on YouTube...well, South Korea's PSY has a new video for a song called Gentleman.
Does it sound just like Gangnam Style? Is the new video reminiscent of the first video? Of course!
But a little K-Pop does take our minds off the serious crisis in the Korean peninsula. PSY performed the song Saturday in Seoul before 50,000 fans - and said he hoped it could be heard across the border in North Korea.
Apparently, the Korean lyrics repeat the words "I'm a mother-father-gentleman" and talk about feeling good and making you sweat - adding "you know who I am, west side."
If you're curious, here it is:
First the Asian stink bug found its way to our shores to bedevil us in warm weather.
Now another species made it as close as Baltimore this week - but Customs agents stopped the invasion.
An entomologist at the Department of Agriculture is confirming that the insect found in a shipment of ceramic tiles from Italy was indeed the Italian stink bug, Sciocoris sideritidis. Homeland Security officials say this was the first-ever discovery of this species in the United States.
The tiles are being fumigated.
It's a great spring weekend in the Washington area, with so much to do! Hope you've completed your taxes (since Monday is the deadline) - so you can enjoy some of these events:
Our own Loo Katz will be there to help you enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Saturday from 10 am to noon along Constitution Avenue - with entertainment from Elliott Yamin, Carmen Electra, Mya and Coco Jones. Then stop by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival at 12th & Pennsylvainia NW from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
Also nearby, as part of the Festival, you can witness the Blessing of the Fleets Saturday at 1 pm at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 7th & Pennsylvania NW. Water from the seven seas and the Great Lakes will be poured into the fountains. After the ceremony, enjoy music and Navy bean soup all afternoon.
The Cherry Blossom Festival ends Sunday with events including a Tea Ceremony in the garden of the Evermay Estate in Georgetown. But camera workshops continue through the end of the month - and you can enjoy the Kimono Exhibit at the Mandarin Oriental through April 25.
Want more Asian cuisine? Thai restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia are celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, through Wednesday with special deals.
Saturday is Thomas Jefferson's 270th birthday. Rangers will be at the Jefferson Memorial in colonial-era clothing from 1 to 3:30 pm - and you can sign a birthday card with a quill pen.
Presidential scholars will also want to check out the new JFK exhibits that opened Friday at the Newseum.
The DC Design House opens Saturday on Foxhall Road, with proceeds to benefit the Children's National Medical Center.
More than 20 arts groups in Prince William County are getting together to entertain you at a free festival Saturday from noon to 8 pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
And we're just days away from another parade downtown. The DC Emancipation Day Parade is Tuesday from 11 am to 2 pm along Pennsylvania Avenue - with fireworks at 8:30. Learn more about the celebrations and commemorations marking the 1862 law that freed slaves in the District of Columbia (eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation).
Now, about those taxes. Here's the form you use to tell the IRS you need a little more time.