Rickrolling, generally a digital bait-and-switch, involves tricking someone into viewing or hearing the Rick Astley song, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” When redditor Mayniac182 was certain a computer class teacher didn’t actually read through students’ work, the redditor decided to hide the lyrics to “Never Gonna Give You Up” within a paper. Check out the full essay below, as well as Mayniac182’s full explanation.
Everyone in my computing class is certain the teacher doesn’t actually go through ANY work we hand in. So I’ve been up for the last few hours crafting this. The first paragraph started as an idea to use ridiculously complex words to confuse him (English is his second language), do that for a bit then just go Fresh Prince on him, but that got boring.
If you want to read through it all and figure out what I’ve done to it (aside from writing complete bullshit), read through it now and don’t read the next line.
Read the first word of every line that touches the left margin (so everything that isn’t indented). It’s taken eight cups of coffee, but I finally did it. Rickrolling my computing teacher in style.
EDIT: I handed it in just over an hour ago. Next lesson is on Friday, but I doubt he’ll ever give it back. If he does, it will probably just have a few ticks on it or something.
I’ll do a follow up if he finds the Rickrolling though.
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Never underestimate a high school student's ability to craft an inspired prank.
Going back to the '80s for inspiration, Sairam Gudiseva wrote an essay with a "rickroll" message best
to be enjoyed by fans of good-natured shenanigans.
Give Gudiseva props. It isn't easy to write about scientist Niels Bohr, while working in Rick Astley lyrics that
you may miss on first pass. Gudiseva posted a copy of his essay to Twitter, with the Astley lyrics marked
up with a yellow highlighter. As the Independent noted, it's impressive to write an essay on physics,
never mind the time it must have taken to get each lyric to line up perfectly.
Going back years, rickrolling is a term for getting victims to watch Rick Astley when they least expect
to. Sometimes, during a boring video, the merry prankster will cut to Astley a few minutes in and
let his melodic rock crash over you like the rushing tides of the Pacific Ocean, so gentle, so free.
You may have thought rickrolling had jumped the shark, but no. You just can't keep a good prank
down. It is worth noting that Gudiseva isn't the first student to pull the essay prank. In 2010, using a
never ending stream of Astley lyrics in a computer essay, a student pulled a similar stunt. You're
going to have to keep in mind that Guyism, the site with that story, is NSFW (not safe for work).
To check out that story without the risk of an angry boss, click here.
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