Clever students rickroll MIT’s Great Dome

Kim LaCapria - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:50 p.m. ET

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been rickrolled at least once.

Most people have seen variations on the prank, some have even seen the original duckroll before rickrolling began. But one of the more ambitious rickrolls of all time has been carried out by some MIT students who are known for their stunning pranks- last year, in honor of lives lost on September 11th, they perched a firetruck atop MIT’s Great Dome.

This year’s prank, the large scale rickroll seen above, was more lighthearted in nature. Under the cover of darkness, anonymous students placed the first seven notes of the notorious 1988 Rick Astley hit on the temporary scaffolding, which resembles blank sheet music.

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This isn’t the first larger than life rickroll. Mets fans were partially shocked and partially amused when an online poll voted Never Gonna Give You Up as their theme song, and MTV Europe named Astley “best act ever” after voting there was hijacked by pranksters, too. And hilariously, Astley himself live-rickrolled the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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