Bohemian Rhapsody and the long-running tradition of hiding jokes in tweets

Last week, Twitter user @CostcoRiceBag revealed that for the last four months, her tweets contained a hidden message. The University of Minnesota senior (real name Madie) carefully strung together tweets that — when looked at as a combination of only the first words in each — re-created Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Madie’s goof is the latest of several similar schemes to go viral. Clever and very dedicated, users have dunked on their followers with everything from Smash Mouth lyrics to Twitter rickrolls. One particularly impressive example includes over 500 tweets that form a secret tribute to Avril Lavigne. It’s a process that requires planning and patience for a payoff that, if lucky, might result in 15 minutes of viral fame.

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