Over the weekend, Foone Turing, a Continuous Integrationist in Milpitas, California, found a VHS tape at a junk store. The tape had a white label on its spine, on which someone had written the words “A surprise!” with a pen, next to a misshapen smiley face. Now, obviously, this sounds like the beginning to a great horror movie, so, overcome with curiosity, Turing bought the tape and brought it back to his house, where he happens to have a a VCR hooked up to a small television set.
He recorded the moment that he discovered what was on the tape, and put the 1 minute and 16 second clip on his Twitter page, with the caption, “Just… Just watch.”
He turns the two dials on the side of the television, the screen flickers to white noise, then the pale blue that indicates it’s on video mode. He pushes the tape into the VCR, which opens its jaws and eats it right up. The machine begins to whirr. The man breathes heavily. The anticipation is almost too much to bear. And all of the sudden, the music comes on, and Rick Astley begins to dance. The entire tape is just the music video to his 1987 video “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Yes, the guy walked directly into one of the cooler “Rickrolls” in recent memory.
The clip is currently going viral, with over 19,000 retweets, because, like Rick’s VCR, it belongs in a museum.