Reddit Rick Roll Essay

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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If you have been on the Internet long enough, you may remember the Rickrolling meme which was popularized in 2008. Rickrolling is an Internet prank that involves the unexpected appearance of the music video the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The prank employs disguised hyperlinks that would take anyone clicking it to the said music video. Those unsuspecting victims led to the video expecting to view an unrelated content are said to be “rickrolled”.

Rickrolling can occur in a lot of places. For instance, during a mathematics convention I attended several years ago, somebody was talking about topological transformation, and then he told his audience to focus on the screen as he prepared the animation of the transformation. Suddenly, Astley’s music video appeared on the screen, accompanied by surround sound. It was funny since almost all the people were just staring at the screen with gobsmacked and bemused expressions. Only a few of us got the joke. They didn’t even realize that they got rickrolled.

Some students have found a way to rickroll their professors through their essays, as the following examples show.

Computer Science Essay

In 2010, Reddit user Maniac182, a computer science student, spent five hours to format his computer science essay in such a way that every word at the beginning of each line forms an acrostic the lyrics of “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

Malacañang Field Trip

Another rickrolling acrostic was written by Emanuel Josef V Saringan, a student at The Ateneo de Manila University (a university in the Philippines).

He submitted his essay about his field trip to Malacañang Palace.

A Physics Paper

Writing about physics is no joke. So, it’s impressive how Sairam Gudiseva, a student at South Harmon Institute of Technology, incorporated the lyrics of Astley’s song in his essay about Nei, as reported by Daily Mail in January 2014. Gudiseva wrote on Twitter, “Rick Rolled my physics teacher…” You can read the whole essay here.


Student Hides Rick Astley’s Song In College Paper

Rickrolled: Student pranks his physics teacher by inserting lyrics to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Going to Give You Up’ into paper on quantum mechanics

Paper Rickroll

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