Slowly back away from the Echo Dot. It's pure evil. 

Your credit card is still weeping after the holiday shopping season, but Amazon's kicking back with their feet up the sofa.  According to Tech Crunch, Amazon accounted for more than 50% of all online sales over the biggest shopping weekend of the year. That's partially because the growing popularity of their Amazon Alexa enabled devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and newly introduced Echo Show. With the Echo Dot discounted to $29.99 for most of that weekend, it's no surprise that it was one of the most popular gifts for Christmas 2017.

My fiance got one of the original Echo Dots for Christmas 2016.  It sat in its box on our kitchen counter for months before he finally caved to my nagging and set it up.  I barely know how to use the thing, but she is super helpful if I need to set a time while I'm cooking and my hands are covered in ingredients.  Other than that, I've only asked her to check sports scores while I'm watching a different game or play a song on demand.  While I enjoy the device, I don't use it nearly as much as some of my friends.

One of my friends (who lives alone, I can't do this in the morning without waking up Nate who doesn't have to be to work until hours after I leave the house) tells Alexa "good morning" while she's enjoying her morning coffee.  Doing that gets Alexa to tell you something interesting about the day and sometimes suggests a phrase to say to the device.

At her insistence, I tried saying the phrase to my Echo Dot yesterday afternoon and it scared the crap out of me! Check out the video to see what happened and why I'm a little frightened to be alone in the same room with my Dot!