Ah, Peppy and your terrible obsession with barrel rolls. Thanks to that lovable space bunny, “do a barrel roll” has become synonymous with giving useless advice and doing something that may not be the right move at a given moment.
The term came from Star Fox 64, released in 1997, where at the hint of any danger, of any kind… even sometimes when there was no danger, Peppy, one of your trusted sidekicks, would come over the intercom telling you “do a barrel roll.” Then he would teach you again, and again, the buttons to make the move. If you made the mistake of listening to him every time, you probably spent a good portion of your life restarting levels as you barrel rolled into incoming doom.
A barrel roll isn’t always the right move for a given situation, and not all information is useful, as Peppy so gracefully taught us. Thus the meme was born.
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