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Never gonna give you up: Student pulls off rickroll prank in essay

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The Rickrolled essay (Twitter)

 

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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