Sometimes there are places you know, even if you don’t know them.
Like even if you’ve never been to the top of the Empire State Building — I haven’t — you could probably see an image and recognize it. There have been so many scenes in movies and TV shows set there that you’d almost have to have some idea of what it looks like.
If you’ve been on the internet for a while, then this video on Twitter from @Ballymoran will take you somewhere very recognizable. It’s a brilliant bit of Google Maps fun. Ominous music plays as you get closer, closer, closer. You’re expecting something spooky or weird. The ultimate destination, well, just watch.
You’re damn right that was a rickroll in the year 2022. Why the hell not?
Old internet jokes aside, it is neat to see the real world location where the classic Rick Astley video for his 1897 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” was shot. For years we’ve all been staring unwittingly at those brick arches. Now we know they’re at 150 Freston Road in London.
That’s the curious magic of Google Maps. The Google Earth and Street View lets you, in an instant, drop in on any place in the world. Unsuspecting, it’s all there, frozen in time. It’s a feat of ubiquity from the tech giant that we can now get rickrolled by a map.