June 26, 2009 at 08:14 PM EDT

In the midst of last night’s Michael Jackson coverage, as we geared up for So You Think You Can Dance, two friends and I eventually had to move one of three pieces of furniture in a tiny studio apartment so that we could very poorly attempt the “Thriller” dance out of nowhere. I don’t know what compels people to do this; it’s just the way it is. Besides, the broadcast news blowouts were almost begging viewers to do this — the channel we were on showed full-screen or picture-in-picture MJ videos at least every two minutes. I found this pretty fantastic and, considering his career, totally appropriate.

Anyway, we lasted a few seconds with the only moves we collectively remembered, then decided our skills fell somewhere between the 13 Going On 30 Thriller dance (featuring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo) and Naomi Campbell’s inexplicable “Thrillicious” commercial for SoBe Life Water (featuring lizards). This was way too generous. In reality, we weren’t even as coordinated as this thrillingly impressive Hmong toddler. But that never matters. One should always “Thriller”-dance whenever the urge strikes, and whether it’s choreographed or not. Especially today.

When was the last time you spontaneously “Thriller-danced”?

WARNING: Do not click on this totally tragic ’80s “Thriller” tutorial!!!

More Michael Jackson:
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