Does The Original RickRoll'D Video Still Play For You?

A wave of sadness tore through the internet this evening, as news spread that the original RickRoll'D video was being blocked to YouTube viewers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Fearing the end of an era, I went to the YouTube link and, somehow, it worked for me. Does this video play for you? » 7/19/14 7:00pm 7/19/14 7:00pm

How a Teenager Rickrolled Vine

You're only supposed to be able to upload a six-second clip to Vine—but somehow yesterday sixteen-year-old Will Smidlein managed to bypass that rule and post the whole of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". Uh, well done? » 6/04/13 3:57am 6/04/13 3:57am

The Original RickRoll'd YouTube Video Has Been Taken Down

Rickrolling is one of the hall of fame pranks in Internet history, a testament to the ridiculousness of every URL ever sent and a phenomenon that will hopefully be understood by our children. But now it's no more. The original RickRoll'd video, that of 61 million views, has been taken down from YouTube. » 5/23/12 1:53pm 5/23/12 1:53pm

How to Never Get Tricked By a Shortened Link Ever Again

You might have some hilarious friends who still think rickrolling someone is funny or know people who toss around NSFW links while you're at work. You can't help yourself, you click, you shriek, you close immediately. You fall for it. Every. Single Time. Here's a tip on how to prevent yourself from falling for… » 5/08/12 6:40pm 5/08/12 6:40pm

The White House Just Rickrolled Someone on Twitter

Nero YouTubes while Rome burns! The White House, probably realizing the entire country is mega-financially-screwed anyway, just rickolled a Twitter critic who complained about the "entertainment value" of an Obama briefing. Retaliation? Watch this annoying video, you jerk! » 7/27/11 4:00pm 7/27/11 4:00pm

The One Movie I Want to See This Year: The Chronicles of Rick Roll

The guy behind the trailer above—one for a movie called The Chronicles of Rick Roll—is assuring the world that he really is serious about making the movie. He claims to have been working on the peculiar idea for over six months. » 2/24/11 12:40am 2/24/11 12:40am

Not Even Amazon Will Spare You a Rickrolling

I need a humidifier. I'll head to Amazon. They have deals. I'll scroll through their front page—oh, here are some good deals. Oh look, at the bottom there's a list of sites Amazon owns. Oh, the—OH GOD NO. » 10/01/10 8:20pm 10/01/10 8:20pm

First iPhone Worm Discovered: Rickrolls Jailbroken iPhones

Jailbreakers in Australia are being infected by a worm that changes their wallpaper to an image of Rick Astley. And while that sounds kinda funny, it's another reminder to make sure you've changed the default password on your jailbroken iPhone. » 11/09/09 6:10am 11/09/09 6:10am

"Never Gonna Give You Up" Songwriter Paid Only $16 by Youtube

Yeah, the Rickrolling phenomenon was annoying for the entire world, but you'd expect the songwriter would at least be pleased, right? But despite its massive popularity, songwriter Pete Waterman was paid an insulting $16. Total. » 4/11/09 1:00pm 4/11/09 1:00pm

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Totally Rickrolled

The poor Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends float was just minding its own business when that cocky (though rugged, handsome) superstar Rick Astley showed up and spoiled all the fun. Man, what's with that guy?? Happy Thanksgiving from the internet meme incarnate. » 11/27/08 12:50pm 11/27/08 12:50pm

Midomi Song Recognition iPhone App Can Name That Rickrolling Tune…

You've been able to sing or hum a tune into midomi.com and have it take a shot at guessing what you're crooning for a while, but today this novel tech that uses a user-generated database of recordings for comparison has found what I think might be its perfect home on the iPhone. Instead of lobbing up "Happy Birthday"… » 7/10/08 1:43pm 7/10/08 1:43pm