Amazon is buying Whole Foods, and somehow it's Alexa's fault

Soon after news of the $13.7 billion deal, plenty of social media jokesters have the same idea: Jeff Bezos must have mumbled into his Amazon Echo.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

Online retailer Amazon is buying fancy food market Whole Foods, and Twitter couldn't let the $13.7 billion marriage of these two iconic brand names go without humorous comment.

But one joke dominated the social media snark. Many (too many) people envisioned just how the purchase went down, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos using one of his products, the Amazon Echo smart speaker powered by voice assistant Alexa, and accidentally ending up with a grocery chain.

Yes, some other jokes did make the rounds, like the ones poking at Whole Foods' pricey "Whole Paycheck" reputation.

GIFs were popular.

Some envisioned Amazon's popular "people who bought..." book feature translating to food.

Some had ideas for Amazon's other ventures.

Some wondered how the competition was handling the news.

Or just prepared for the inevitable Bezos-ruled future.

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