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Wolfram Alpha, on TV TropesWolfram Alpha is a "computational knowledge engine", which in Layman's Terms means it's a computer you ask things and it tells you.Yes, it knows the answer.No, it is (probably) not run by demonic lawyers.It is also widely used by math and physics students, as under its hood it has much of the power of Wolfram Research's famous Mathematica, a behemoth of a computational suite which can perform highly advanced mathematic calculations.
Provides examples of:
- Bat Deduction: Why are fire trucks red?
- A God Am I: As evidenced here.
- Easter Egg/Developers' Foresight: If it is a well-known question from pop culture, it's probably programmed into Wolfram Alpha.
- The aforementioned answer. Ask it yourself.
- What does Marcellus Wallace look like? Ask yourself.
- The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. Note that you're prompted to choose between African and European data.
- Do you know the muffin man?
- Question: Why? Answer: Because.
- It knows what Goku's power level is.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: Wolfram Alpha's designed to give units such as these for any answer involving measurements. It doesn't always seem to get the part where such units are supposed to be "well known", though, instead doing things like comparing lengths of time to equinox procession periods.
- Logic Bomb: Put in "x iff !x" (x is true if and only if x is false) and it throws out stock numbers for IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances), because that is better than the alternative.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Go ahead, ask it "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" The answer? A woodchuck could chuck all the wood he could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood, although the paper "The Ability of Woodchucks to Chuck Cellulose Fibers" by P.A. Paskevich and T.B. Shea concluded that a woodchuck can chuck 361.9237001 cubic centimeters of wood per day.