389: Keeping Time

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Keeping Time
You can identify them ahead-of-time -- they lead with their left foot when the music starts.
Title text: You can identify them ahead-of-time -- they lead with their left foot when the music starts.


Listen to the music

A member of a marching band, after spending seasons marching in time to their music for their shows, end up naturally walking with the rhythm of any music they hear around them, like at a shopping mall. Pausing the music for a split second would throw off the rhythm, causing them to fall. The line of music in the comic is a piano reduction of beguiling of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, a reference to "Rickrolling", which is when a link to video is set up to appear as one thing but in reality, when clicked, plays "Never Gonna Give You Up". The alt text refers to the fact that almost all marching bands start marching with the left foot, so marching band members start to naturally starting with the left foot.


My Hobby:

Pausing in-store music for a split second and watching the ex-marching band kids stumble.
[On a balcony overlooking a supermarket, a man presses a button on a pedestal. The in-store music, the first four bars of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, pauses briefly after the third bar, and one of the store's patrons falls on her face.]


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Also, as a note or fun fact: most militaries and their associated groups (like cadets in Canada) also do the same. Ribbit it's Toad! (talk) 05:38, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Another fun fact: anyone who went to a piano to hear what this sounded like inadvertently rickrolled themselves! 21:40, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

Hey Randall, Please don't do this. You just lost the game. NinjaWolf064 (talk) 04:04, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

There doesn't see to be any explanation for the title text, does it refer to anything? (talk)

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