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14 little-known reasons why you should love Rick Astley

It’s his birthday! Here we pay tribute to the man.

RICK ASTLEY – yes, THAT Rick Astley – celebrates his birthday today. And we’re here to help him do it.

You know Rick as the singer of one of the greatest songs ever, and the inadvertent creator of the Rickroll.

But perhaps you did not know how far his tentacles of awesomeness had spread. Here are just some of the lesser-known reasons why Rick Astley is awesome.

(He’s 47.)

1. This sultry pose

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2. His crucial supporting role in this protest placard

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3. The fact that he practically broke the internet in 2008

Google searches over time. Blue = “rick astley”, red = “never gonna give you up”, yellow = “rickroll”. Source: Google Trends

4. But two years later, he’d only made $12 in extra royalties

That was for 39 million plays on YouTube, according to The Register. Rick stays humble:

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5. That his power extends to restaurant fortune cookies

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6. And to college essays

Actually handed in to a professor in the US, in 2010. (Reddit via Geekosystem)

7. And to the world’s second-most-valuable company

From the developers’ log to Apple’s iOS 6 beta 4 operating system (via BGR):



YouTube/RickRoll’d

8. And even to the White House

9. He brought this jacket into the world

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10. And, indirectly, this birthday cake

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11. And remember this song?

Sung by One True Voice, the winners of Popstars: The Rivals.

YouTube/Mudna

Well guess who co-wrote it? Only RICK ASTLEY, that’s who. Note the clever use of brackets – Shakespeare’s (Way With) Words. Classic Rick.

12. He personally Rickrolled the entire population of New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

YouTube/Logan Smith

(Wait for the 48-second mark.)

13. This

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14. Oh, and here’s a hilarious viral video that will make you LOL!

YouTube/HANSOL0W

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