December 9, 2014 2:57 PM EST

Sometimes you learn something that prompts an uncontrollable reaction of anger, laughter or surprise. And sometimes that epiphany happens on live television, for all to GIF. Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had such a moment yesterday—and it’s still going viral on Facebook.

The co-hosts were discussing an incident that took place at a Chicago convention center this weekend, when an apparently deliberate release of noxious chemicals forced an evacuation of thousands of convention-goers. The convention, Midwest FurFest, is the second largest gathering of people who are interested, according to the website for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., in “facilitat[ing] education in anthropomorphic literature, art and performance.”

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Many furries dress in animal costumes, and it was these images of people in fox, lion and bear suits that seems to have sent Brzezinski into a fit of giggles. She covers her face to hide it before fleeing from the set to regain composure.

Convention-goers were undeterred by the hiccup in their weekend plans. Organizers released a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune, that they planned to “give 110% to make sure that the fun, friendship, and good times of Midwest FurFest 2014 overshadow last night’s unfortunate incident.”

Co-host Willie Geist, to his credit, kept a straight face throughout the segment.

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