Siri gets dissed by 'The Simpsons'

A store owner comes to Homer's aid but runs into trouble asking Siri for a list of local hospitals.

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Apple's Siri has been the target of a lot of insults. But the latest dig on the infamous voice assistant came from Sunday night's episode of "The Simpsons."

Trying to shop at a bowling ball store called Alley McBalls, Homer discovers that it's been closed to make way for a new Apple store. In frustration, Homer throws his bowling ball at the store's entrance only to have it bounce back and hit him in the head.

A nearby store owner sees Homer's predicament and volunteers to ask Siri for a list of nearby hospitals. In response, Siri tells the store owner that it doesn't see any "hos petals" near him and that it's deleting all contact information.

After the owner shouts, "I didn't ask you to do that, Siri," Apple's voice assistant simply responds "Delete confirmed."

Deleting all of your contact information would be a stretch for Siri, though some users have complained of that snafu when upgrading to a new version of iOS. But Siri does have a habit of misinterpreting words and phrases, especially at the most inopportune times. Still, you know you've made it when you rate an insult on "The Simpsons."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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