On their way out the door, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi use their Amazon Echo to turn down the thermostat, a modern convenience that prompts the duo to ask the big question during Super Bowl LIV: what did people do before Alexa? Of course, there's a storied history of cross-stitching couples prompting the maid Alessa to lower the temperature (by tossing firewood out the window), jesters like Alexine trying (and failing) to regale their royal monarch with a joke and newsboys like Alex peddling (fake) news on a street corner. Because what would the Old West be without the dulcet sounds of Al and his jug? How would old-time washer women know that a pants-stealing witch is at large in the flat world without Alexie's insights? And how would the food chain of the Middle Ages be sustained without Leximus the pigeon carrying a message to Prince Constantine? But really, who cares what people did before Alexa? Nowadays, a jug-laden remix of Usher's "Yeah" is only a command away.