Rickrolled: Student pranks his physics teacher by inserting lyrics to Rick Astley’s 'Never Going to Give You Up' into paper on quantum mechanics
- Sairam Gudiseva's started every line of his text with word from the 1987 hit
- Student's 'Rickrolling' stunt retweeted thousands of times
By Tom Gardner
Published: 11:47 GMT, 17 January 2014 | Updated: 15:29 GMT, 17 January 2014
Getting to grips with the complicated works of a Nobel prize winning physicist can be difficult enough.
But a student's short biography of scientist Niels Bohr has gone viral on the internet after he also managed to weave the lyrics from a Rick Astley song into the text under the nose of his professor.
Sairam Gudiseva's boast on Twitter that he had 'Rick Rolled my physics teacher...', posting an accopmanying photograph of his essay with the verse from the 1987 hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up' written with the first word on every line.
Going viral: Student Sairam Gudiseva posted a picture of an essay which had the song lyrics from Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up weaved into the text
The tweet has been retweeted nearly 18,000 times since being uploaded four days ago.
Interwoven among details of the Danish physicist, who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, were the words: 'Never going to give you up, never going to let you down, never going to run around and desert you, never going to make you cry, never going to say goodbye, never going to tell you a lie.'
His friends on the social network were quick to praise his ingenuity about being able to craft the essay from the lyrics with enough subtlety to avoid his teacher noticing.
Prank: Sairam Gudiseva's science essay has gone viral after he managed to work in a Rick Astley son into the text
Boasting: Sairam Gudiseva managed to slip song verse, highlighted in yellow down the left side of the page, into his essay without his professor realising
The University student at South Harmon Institute of Technology, Missouri, was latching on to an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song which went to number one in the charts in 25 countries.
To carry off the prank, people attempt to insert something to do with the Rick Astley hit into a video or text on a totally unrelated topic without the viewer being immediately aware.
The prank was first dreamed up in May 2007 and took off across the internet.
Hayday: Rick Astley's 1987 pop hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up' has been used in an internet prank call Rickrolling
The musician himself even took part in a Rickrolling stunt by interrupting a float in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York with a rendition of his song.
A string of famous people have been the bait for a Rickrolling attempt - including U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Praise: The prank won Sairam Gudiseva gushing praise from some of his twitter followers
Crafty: Sairam Gudiseva's successful 'Rickrolling' of his teacher impressed his twitter followers
In 2008, a number of political blogs posted an article claiming to show Michelle Obama going on a rant full of racist references to 'Whitey', but the video was actually a Rickroll.
Hugh Atkin, an Australian lawyer and notable producer of Internet viral videos, created a popular YouTube parody video of the rickrolling meme involving U.S. President Barack Obama while he was running for the White House in 2008.
The video consists of clips of Obama speaking the words of Astley's song and scenes of his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Here's a funny little variation on "rickrolling," a term some of our readers might not be familiar with. So let's quickly refer you to Wikipedia:
Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a bait and switch; a person provides a hyperlink which is seemingly relevant to the topic at hand, but actually leads to Astley's video. The link can be masked or obfuscated in some manner so that the user cannot determine the true destination of the link without clicking. People led to the music video are said to have been rickrolled. Rickrolling has extended beyond web links to playing the video or song disruptively in other situations, including public places, such as a live appearance of Astley himself in the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The meme helped to revive Astley's career.
Now, in another sign that rickrolling has gone beyond the web, we have above a snapshot of a quantum physics written by Sairam Gudiseva, a student at (we believe) White Station High School in Tennessee. As the snapshot shows, Gudiseva managed to run the lyrics of "Never Gonna Give You Up" down the left margin of the page ... while still keeping his ideas flowing. Well done, young man. You can see a full page of his essay here.
By the way, this is not the first time some levity has been introduced to a physic paper. You might want to refer back to our 2012 post, Physical Attraction: Marriage Proposal Comes in the Form of a Physics Paper.
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