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Fun Fact April 16, 2020.

16 April 2020


Have you ever been Rick Rolled?  Rick Rolling is an internet/social media meme that involves using a classic bait and switch technique to play a trick on someone.  A meme is created saying one thing, but when the embedded link in the meme is clicked the “mark” is tricked into listening to Rick Astley singing his 1987 song, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”   When this happens you’ve been “rickrolled”   The gag got started with duckroll in around 2006 when a guy called Moot created an auto correct program on his gaming platform that would replace the word egg with duck anytime egg was typed.  Someone typed egg roll, which turned into duck roll and a duck on wheels soon followed.  Sometime in 2007 a user on the game platform set up a supposed link to Grand Theft Auto IV but in reality it was a link to the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” and Rick Rolling was born.    As for Rick Astley himself, he first learned about Rickrolling when friends started Rickrolling him. Astley didn’t get why his friends were emailing him links to other things, but taking him to his hit song’s music video. He later revealed in an interview that his teenage daughter let him in on the prank that was sweeping the internet.