Generally speaking, 17 seconds is not a very long time. It takes longer than that to do just about anything. Hell, depending on the power of your microwave, you can’t even heat up a muffin in that amount of time. Or eat it. Or get up and walk across the kitchen to grab another one and take the wrapper off of it and lay it in the microwave because LOOK I’M HUNGRY AND I’M A GROWN-UP AND I CAN HAVE TWO MUFFINS IF I WANT, OK? Geez. Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, 17 seconds. My point is that most of the time, in the grand scheme of things, 17 seconds might as well be nothing. But there are some situations where it can be an eternity.
One such example can be found below. After Today co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie discuss junior high slow dance techniques, and Guthrie quips, “Like they say in Catholic school, leave room for the Holy Ghost,” Roker turns his head toward the camera, makes the face in the above screenshot, and holds it for the aforementioned 17 seconds. That is an incredibly long time to hold a funny face. Around the eight second mark, I was seriously starting to wonder if it was the first documented case of someone’s face actually get stuck in a dumb, contorted position, like cranky grandmas around the world have been warning us about for years. Luckily, I flicked on Today briefly this morning, and it appears Roker’s face is back to normal, so it looks like he managed to dodge that bullet. Thank God. We’d never hear the end of it.
Oh, also, shout out to kid in the audience over Roker’s shoulder, who I have chosen to believe is a giant running amok in New York City. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, PEOPLE.