January 31st, 2011
01:45 PM ET
A hilarious — and slightly embarrassing — 17-year-old clip of former "Today" show hosts Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel and Elizabeth Vargas trying to figure out the Internet has turned up on, yup, the Internet.
In the 1994 clip, Couric, Gumbel, and Vargas struggle to make sense of the "Today" show's new email address, which, at the time, consisted of an "at" symbol that looked like an "a" enclosed in a circle.
"I wasn't prepared to translate that, as I was doing that little tease — that little mark with the 'a' and then ring around it," says Gumbel.
"At?" asks Vargas.
"See, that's what I said," says Gumbel. "Katie said she thought it was 'about.'"
"Or 'around' or 'about,'" Couric says.
Gumbel adds that he had only seen the mark but never heard it said aloud, and then asks, "What is the Internet, anyway?"
"Internet is that massive computer network," says Couric. "The one that's becoming really big now. A lot of people use it to communicate."
Not completely confident in her attempt at an explanation, Couric asks a producer to help her out, and the trio look frustrated as they try to grasp the concept.
Current "Today" show host Matt Lauer aired the clip this morning and had a good chuckle with colleagues Al Roker and Ann Curry.
"It's easy to laugh now," he said, "but we all felt that way. It was a mystery to all of us."
Lauer then joked, "I talked to Bryant last night about that clip and he has become quite tech savvy — he just bought a Sony Walkman."
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