Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I did enjoy it," he says. "But it was very, very weird. Rick Astley

Most of the questions I answer are pretty standard about having issues with the computer or programs. Recently someone asked what is a Rick Roll? This happens to be a blend of a practical joke and an internet phenomenon. At its core it is the Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up" that was quite a hit in 1987. So where is the practical joke? This type of practical joke is called a bait and switch. Essentially you would receive and email with a link from someone saying how wonderful the website they found was and when the user clicked on the link it would be the music or video of Rick Astley. It is not seriously funny by itself but it far outgrew its roots last April Fool’s day with amazingly wide use. Many sites I go to on a regular basis for news and info Rick Roll’D me by posting curiously intriguing headlines. I clicked on the links and would be hit with Astley singing at me for the umpteen time. As I said before it has grown past its origins. Now Rick Rolling is now even more about remixing it into every genre from the Muppets to the presidential candidates. Mr. Astely finally spoke about the practice and said he finds it bizarre and funny. It has been an internet bit of strangeness for a while but it is creeping into off line life like at Basketball games and such. So I hope this answers the question on this unusual topic. Many thanks to the asker. If you would like to read more click here otherwise to see the video click here.

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