Rickroll Acrostics In College Papers


If you have been on the Internet long enough, you may remember the Rickrolling meme which was popularized in 2008. Rickrolling is an Internet prank that involves the unexpected appearance of the music video the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The prank employs disguised hyperlinks that would take anyone clicking it to the said music video. Those unsuspecting victims led to the video expecting to view an unrelated content are said to be “rickrolled”.

Rickrolling can occur in a lot of places. For instance, during a mathematics convention I attended several years ago, somebody was talking about topological transformation, and then he told his audience to focus on the screen as he prepared the animation of the transformation. Suddenly, Astley’s music video appeared on the screen, accompanied by surround sound. It was funny since almost all the people were just staring at the screen with gobsmacked and bemused expressions. Only a few of us got the joke. They didn’t even realize that they got rickrolled.

Some students have found a way to rickroll their professors through their essays, as the following examples show.

Computer Science Essay

In 2010, Reddit user Maniac182, a computer science student, spent five hours to format his computer science essay in such a way that every word at the beginning of each line forms an acrostic the lyrics of “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

rickroll computer science paper.jpg

Malacañang Field Trip

Another rickrolling acrostic was written by Emanuel Josef V Saringan, a student at The Ateneo de Manila University (a university in the Philippines).

He submitted his essay about his field trip to Malacañang Palace.

malacanang field trip.jpg

A Physics Paper

Writing about physics is no joke. So, it’s impressive how Sairam Gudiseva, a student at South Harmon Institute of Technology, incorporated the lyrics of Astley’s song in his essay about Nei, as reported by Daily Mail in January 2014. Gudiseva wrote on Twitter, “Rick Rolled my physics teacher…” You can read the whole essay here.

rickrolled my physics teacher

rickroll physics essay.jpg


Student Hides Rick Astley’s Song In College Paper

Rickrolled: Student pranks his physics teacher by inserting lyrics to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Going to Give You Up’ into paper on quantum mechanics

Paper Rickroll

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19 thoughts on “Rickroll Acrostics In College Papers

  1. Still a great song, and still a great singer…but the first time I’ve heard of rickrolling! Superb! 😄 I find it amazing how Rick Ashley chose to turn his back on fame at his peak, so unusual but admirable at the same time…I wish a few more stars would vanish!


  2. I’ve heard of this prank, and seen some examples online myself, but didn’t know until now that it had a name. The mathematics, history, and physics essays are impressive. They not only “rickroll”, but also express coherent (though somewhat disorganized, in the case of the last) ideas as a whole.


  3. Never seen such a silly blog post!
    Going from one extreme to the other, from physics to computers to this rickrolling nonsense.
    To think that people would waste time on such cruel jokes!
    Give these pranksters an inch and they’ll take a mile.
    You’d think people would be beyond such utter garbage.
    Up around where I live, we strongly, strongly frown on this sort of thing.

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    1. Never have I thought that I was
      Going to be rickrolled once more, gee!
      To think that I can’t be fooled again! But alas!
      Let this be a lesson to me.
      You don’t just let your guard
      Down ’cause the consequence can be hard.

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  4. This is interesting,thank you for sharing. I haven’t had any personal experience of this though. Glad to read a part of your writing mentioning a Filipino student from Ateneo. 🙂

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