Binary Rickroll

by Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Apparently a countdown to the European music awards has begun, and whereas I’m sure the show will be swell (hosted by Katy Perry of “I Kissed a Girl” fame and featuring a performance by Kanye West), that news isn’t exactly geeky enough for us here at [GAS]. However, this is:

As spotted by the folks at a Rick Astley fansite, the source for the MTV splash page contains a hidden message in binary:

01010111011001010010011101110010
01100101001000000110111001101111
00100000011100110111010001110010
01100001011011100110011101100101
01110010011100110010000001110100
01101111001000000110110001101111
01110110011001010000110100001010
01011001011011110111010100100000
01101011011011100110111101110111
00100000011101000110100001100101
00100000011100100111010101101100
01100101011100110010110000100000
01100001011011100110010000100000
01110011011011110010000001100100
011011110010000001001001

The translation? “We’re no strangers to love / You know the rules, and so do I.”

The fansite says that they found the hidden lyrics “upon closer examination of the source” of the page, which (though I’m sure it didn’t happen this way) brings to mind some hardcore Rick Astley fan whose job it is to surf the Internet all day, searching every nook and cranny for mentions of the singer–which apparently includes checking out every webpage’s source code. For that kind of attention to detail, I salute you.

Of course, the geekiest part about the whole thing is that a lot of the comments to the fansite’s blog entry are in binary. I’m not fluent myself, so I had to use a translator to follow the conversation.





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8 Responses to Binary Rickroll

  1. Hey :)

    It wasn't actually me who spotted it, it was a guy who goes by the name Llamad0s who sits in our IRC channel and he picked it up within about 30 minutes of the new splash page going live.

    We were thinking of new ways to roll MTV's site at the time, we were consindering putting "Vote for Rick" ads go through their adsense placements when we noticed the new splash page.

    It just kind of happened really

  2. Hey :)

    It wasn’t actually me who spotted it, it was a guy who goes by the name Llamad0s who sits in our IRC channel and he picked it up within about 30 minutes of the new splash page going live.

    We were thinking of new ways to roll MTV’s site at the time, we were consindering putting “Vote for Rick” ads go through their adsense placements when we noticed the new splash page.

    It just kind of happened really

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