There are all kinds of different ways to use Wolfram Alpha, and itâ€™s often a better idea to load up the computational knowledge engine rather than your search portal of choice. Here are 16 of the most useful queries that Wolfram Alpha can handle but leave Google stumped.

### 1. Work out probabilities

Enter â€ś24 coin tossesâ€ť to see a detailed breakdown of the resulting probabilities. It works with cards too: Try â€śprobability 3 queens 2 jacksâ€ť.

### 2. Get Scrabble scores for words

Wolfram Alpha is a Scrabblers best friend: Put â€śscrabbleâ€ť in front of any word (e.g. â€śscrabble zookeeperâ€ť) to find out the resulting score in the board game.

### 3. Look up nutritional information

You can get nutritional information about all kinds of foods and meals right from Wolfram Alpha. Give â€śsubway turkey breast subâ€ť a go, for example.

### 4. See utility prices over time

Wolfram Alpha can tap into historical prices for various utilities as wellâ€”input â€śprice of electricity in san franciscoâ€ť and adapt accordingly.

### 5. Apply image filters

Not only can Wolfram Alpha show images, it can apply filters to them: â€śgaussian blur monkey imageâ€ť for example. Click here for the full list.

### 7. List anagrams

You can get anagrams for any single word you like as wellâ€”just enter â€śanagramsâ€ť followed by the word you want mixed up to see a list.

### 8. Make sense of your family tree

Family trees can be real head-scratchers but Wolfram Alpha is here to help. Input a query like â€śfatherâ€™s cousinâ€™s grandchildrenâ€ť to see your link to them.

### 9. Work out monetary values down the years

Want to know what the equivalent of \$2 million was in 1950? Or vice versa? Enter a query like â€śUS\$2500 in 1950â€ť and Wolfram Alpha is able to tell you.

### 10. Find out how common your conditions are

Wolfram Alpha is also very adept at providing information about illnesses and conditions. Try â€śinsomniaâ€ť to see all of the data thatâ€™s presented.

### 11. Track the International Space Station

Ask Wolfram Alpha â€śwhere is the iss?â€ť and youâ€™ll get a map showing you its current location. Google tries its best with this, but still comes up short.

### 12. Check which planets are visible

If you ask Wolfram Alpha to tell you â€śwhich planets are visible today?â€ť, youâ€™ll get a much more detailed answer in return than Google can provide.

### 13. Find out how drunk you are

Wolfram Alpha provides an honest answer to the question â€śhow drunk am I?â€ť but youâ€™ll have to enter more information first (including drinks versus time).

### 14. Get sports score histories

Sports results are another speciality of Wolfram Alphaâ€™s, at least as far as major sports in the US are concerned. Try â€śnew york giants away wins 2012â€ť.