We always love a good reference to Rick Astley, so you know we had to jump on the opportunity to gather up a gallery of these memes, featuring the ginger himself singing, "You know the rules and so do I."
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One of the year's biggest video memes was "Shooting Stars," which became completely unavoidable in February. The 2008 hit single form Australian electronic group Bag Raiders came back with a vengeance, featured in remixes from classic (Rick Astley) to political (Donald Trump.) Here are our absolute favorite mashups - sorry in advance for the inevitable ear worm.
Always looking for something to protest, members of the simply awful Westboro Baptist Church lined up outside of a Foo Fighters concerts in Kansas City, MO Aug. 22.
They didn't exactly say what their specific problem was, but they generally hate just about everything, so the Foo Fighters worked for an opportunity to test out their hateful signage.
Dave Grohl and company decided not to take it sitting down.
Well, they stayed seated, but the band members brought out a rather loud sound system and drowned out the jeers of the protesters with the sweet sounds of Rick Astley.
And all praise be to this guy:
And after that, we're sure Dave Grohl retreated to the comfort of his incredible rock star tour throne.
Cleveland-based web developer Will Smidlein thought he would poke around with Vine's code seeing as it was just released on the Android platform.
To test his meddling, Smidlein posted the full-length version of "Never Gonna Give You Up" to Vine, which technically only allows user video posts to be 6 seconds or shorter. It wasn't long before Twitter, creators of Vine, had one of their engineers contact Smidlein directly and asked him to please remove his video, as it was causing some "technical difficulties." Smidlein promptly deleted the video and was rather apologetic about the whole situation:
Don't feel too bad, Will. The engineers probably shouldn't have pushed such easily breakable code in the first place.