“Rick-Rolling” is the term for tricking someone into watching a video of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash
Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash

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For my money, the BEST Rick-roll of all time was when somebody inserted one into Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC in 2016.

That one really took some nerve. But this April Fool’s prank in Dallas has to be the BIGGEST Rick-Roll of all time.  A company called Sky Elements Drone Shows used 300 drones to form a gigantic QR code in the skies over Dallas. Anyone who scanned the celestial QR code on their phone…and thousands did…got this:

That’s…super impressive, really.  The display, which kind of looked like the maze from Ms. Pacman, worked as a functioning QR code. You know… a QR code is that thing your Chili’s waitress tells you to use before you lie and tell her you didn’t bring your phone and just to give you an old-fashioned menu.

The company asked people what they should do NEXT year for April Fools. The best suggestion I saw was, “terraform” the surface of the moon into a QR code so the entire planet could get Rick-Rolled at the same time. That sounds like a job for NASA or Elon Musk.

I think a great idea for a DRONE related prank would be staging a full-scale alien invasion over the White House! If Orson Welles could fool people using only radio, think what a 1,000-drone re-enactment of that scene from “Independence Day” could do.

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