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11 Epic Rickrolls

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Rickrolling started in 2007. (If you're not familiar with the practice, here's an article that explains everything.) Here's a collection of the best Rickrolls that we've seen.

1. Oregon Legislature Floor Speeches

In 2011, a bipartisan effort was undertaken in the Oregon legislature to embed lyrics from "Never Gonna Give You Up" in floor speeches. The result was this nerdy video:

Legislators explained that the planning process involved volunteers, so was budget-neutral.

2. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 2008, Rick Astley made an appearance during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, interrupting a performance by characters from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Enjoy:

3. Speaker Pelosi's Cat Cam

In 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the launch of the "HouseHub" YouTube channel by presenting "a behind the scenes view of the Speaker's Office in the US Capitol," mainly involving cats. 35 seconds into the video, something unusual happens.

4. The White House on Fiscal Policy

In 2011, the White House responded to a tweet complaining that the @WhiteHouse Twitter feed was boring. This was in the days before Twitter automatically showed embedded media:

5. On the Subway

A cappella group On the Rocks traveled to New York City and decided to share their musical gifts on the A Train. Fellow commuters were not amused. (Skip ahead to 1:00 for the actual performance.)

6. The BarackRoll

On August 9, 2008, YouTube maestro Hugh Atkin cut together clips of then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama speaking the lyrics to "Never Gonna Give You Up" in campaign speeches along with his smooth dance moves, making a somewhat convincing "BarackRoll" video.

7. YouTube's 2008 April Fools' Day Prank

On April 1, 2008, YouTube itself got in on the game by changing every video link on its homepage into a Rickroll. Good luck clicking on "Evolution of Dance" that day; you were in for a Rickroll no matter what.

8. The New York Mets

The Mets held an online poll to select a song for their 8th-inning singalong, and unfortunately for them, left a slot for voters to write in an alternate choice. So online Rickrollers voted in huge numbers, filling in "Never Gonna Give You Up," which ultimately won. When the song played, most people booed, though you can hear in this video at least a few people giving a shot at singing along:

9. EWU Basketball

Multiple Eastern Washington University (EWU) women's basketball games experienced pregame Rickrolls in March 2008. A Rick Astley impersonator lip-synched as audience members either danced or ignored the whole thing. The prank was covered by the New York Times. Here's video:

10. Mario PaintRoll

Although not a prank, this deserves inclusion simply for the effort involved. Mario Paint was a Nintendo game that allowed the user to compose songs using various Nintendo icons on a music staff. Here's "Never Gonna Give You Up" arranged for Mario Paint:

11. ThinkGeek Betamax to HD-DVD Converter

On April 1, 2008, online retailer ThinkGeek advertised a stunningly useless product: a Betamax to HD-DVD Converter, complete with a jokey product description and a list of technical features including "Uses electricity." They even posted a YouTube video demonstrating the thing:

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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