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[[File:Rick_Astley_-_Pepsifest_2009.jpg|thumb|200px| Rick Astley. (from Wikimedia Commons)]]
 
[[File:Rick_Astley_-_Pepsifest_2009.jpg|thumb|200px| Rick Astley. (from Wikimedia Commons)]]
 
==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
The term ''{{w|Trolling}}'' is used to describe provocative, destructive, or annoying behavior on the {{w|Internet}}. Especially common are Internet pranks of the {{w|bait-and-switch}} type, an example of which is {{w|Rickrolling}}. It involves placing a {{w|hyperlink|link}} that is supposed to contain interesting or funny material, but instead directs to the music video of the 1987 {{w|Rick Astley}} song ''{{w|Never Gonna Give You Up}}''. The prank first occurred in May 2007 on the popular {{w|imageboard}} {{w|4chan}} and has since become a widespread {{w|internet meme}}.
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The term ''<span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#274 Trolling]</span>'' is used to describe provocative, destructive, or annoying behavior on the <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#295 Internet]</span>. Especially common are Internet pranks of the <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#375 bait-and-switch]</span> type, an example of which is <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#846 Rickrolling]</span>. It involves placing a <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#768 link]</span> that is supposed to contain interesting or funny material, but instead directs to the music video of the 1987 <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#133 Rick Astley]</span> song ''<span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#790 Never Gonna Give You Up]</span>''. The prank first occurred in May 2007 on the popular <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#395 imageboard]</span> <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#046 4chan]</span> and has since become a widespread <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#862 internet meme]</span>.
  
The comic has [[Black Hat]] and [[Cueball]] digging into the ground and splicing Black Hat's computer into the TV cables of {{w|Rick Astley}}'s house. They are feeding the video of ''{{w|Never Gonna Give You Up}}'' into Astley's TV signal, who can be seen sitting in his living room and wondering why CNN has been replaced by his own video. The act of Rickrolling Rick Astley himself is declared to be a "great moment in trolling".
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The comic has <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#366 Black Hat]</span> and <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#743 Cueball]</span> digging into the ground and splicing Black Hat's computer into the TV cables of <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#892 Rick Astley]</span>'s house. They are feeding the video of ''<span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#388 Never Gonna Give You Up]</span>'' into Astley's TV signal, who can be seen sitting in his living room and wondering why CNN has been replaced by his own video. The act of Rickrolling Rick Astley himself is declared to be a "great moment in trolling".
  
The title text mentions {{w|Goatse.cx}} (pronounced ''goat sex''), a former {{w|shock site|shock website}} that was used in a similar prank. People clicking on the feigned link would instead see the disturbing picture of a practitioner of anal stretching. The title text suggests that Black Hat and Cueball somehow made the (unknown) founder of the site click on an even more shocking link, or possibly put him in the personal presence of anal stretching.
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The title text mentions <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#901 Goatse.cx]</span> (pronounced ''goat sex''), a former <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#638 shock website]</span> that was used in a similar prank. People clicking on the feigned link would instead see the disturbing picture of a practitioner of anal stretching. The title text suggests that Black Hat and Cueball somehow made the (unknown) founder of the site click on an even more shocking link, or possibly put him in the personal presence of anal stretching.
  
Also note that the comic image itself is itself a Rickroll. Anyone curious enough as to why their mouse pointer became the selection icon to click on the comic (on the original [https://www.xkcd.com/351/ xkcd page]) would find themselves watching "Never Gonna Give You Up."
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Also note that the comic image itself is itself a Rickroll. Anyone curious enough as to why their mouse pointer became the selection icon to click on the comic (on the original <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#200 xkcd page]</span>) would find themselves watching "Never Gonna Give You Up."
  
Rick Astley was actually Rickrolled on reddit ([https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/haucpf/ive_found_a_few_funny_memories_during_lockdown/fv505w1/ at r/pics]) on June 17th, 2020.
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Rick Astley was actually Rickrolled on reddit (<span class="plainlinks">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ#474 at r/pics]</span>) on June 17th, 2020.
  
 
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