Internet is a beautiful world and “rickroll” is one of its finest byproducts. However, a YouTuber recently decided to up the game of “rickrolling” by baiting prominent personalities and verified celebrity accounts on Instagram in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record.
But first, what’s a rickroll?
Rickroll is an age-old Internet bait which involves an Internet person providing you with a video URL of the supposedly relevant topic except it’s not. The link redirects you to the music video of English singer Rick Astley’s 1987’s single “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
Once you click on the link, you’ve, in fact, been rickrolled. It’s a meme that never gets old. Try it and watch the world burn.
With that out of the way, YouTuber “TheTekkitRealm” in January uploaded a video titled: “How Many Celebrities Can I Rick Roll in 24 Hours? – WORLD RECORD.”
The video was pretty much what the title offered.
“TheTekkitRealm” reached out to celebs with personalised messages complete with an embedded link of Rickroll YouTube video (showing no preview), making his texts seem legit.
Will Smith, NASA, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kim K among many others were his target.
After tasting success and rickrolling a few celebrities, “TheTekkitRealm” wanted the Guinness World Records to take note of his unique achievement.
So he did what the applicants do– write an email to the Guinness World Records and make them aware of his rickrolling mission that, according to him, deserves a trophy.
After filling out the necessary forms, “TheTekkitRealm” wrote to GWR following which the record-keeping company asked him for “necessary materials” including proof of his claims.
The YouTuber did as he was told.
The Guinness World Records, noting that the record wasn’t a conventional one, surprisingly agreed to move to the certification process on the basis of extensive documentation provided by the YouTuber.
GWR, however, wanted a simple description of “rickrolling” and the man’s shipping address to which the YouTuber obliged.
Here’s where the fun begins.
“TheTekkitRealm” wrote down the meaning of rickrolling in layman terms and provided GWR with a link (ahem) to his shipping details.
Yep, the YouTuber tried to rickroll the company that was to certify him as a rickroller.
Fortunately for “TheTekkitRealm”, Guinness World Records was chill about being rickrolled and responded positively to his email. It is, however, not confirmed yet if the prank YouTuber is the new record holder for “rickrolling most celebrities in 24 hours” title.
Funnily enough, the YouTube account of GWR also commented under the now-viral video that they were plotting a rickroll revenge in return.
Back in December, YouTube was rickrolled by a Twitter user in the most sneaky way possible.
You can check it here.