Around 8 a.m. today, inside the New York Stock Exchange building at the intersection of Broad Street and Wall Street, a whole bunch of white dudes in suits formed a circle.
What made this morning different was that the traders were joined by Twitter executives, who were there for the ceremonial ringing of the opening bell to mark the company's first day of trading.
About 40 reporters were corralled in a pen and allowed to partake in the festivities, which primarily consisted of standing and waiting.
The excitement was palpable...
...just look at the energy and enthusiasm of these guys!
They make the normally easily excitable Jim Cramer of CNBC seem calm.
Just before the bell, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey arrived, leading traders to break out the old "Hulk Hands" for some Twitpics.
Then, as if beamed in from the Starship Enterprise, Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard) inexplicably appeared, instantly vaporizing bystanders' dejection.
Even Twitter's founders and chief executive seemed to be wondering what Patrick Stewart was doing there.
As the bell rang, clapping ensued...
...as did interviews, lots and lots of interviews...
...CNBC even interviewed Patrick Stewart, who was allowed to wear jeans even though they are generally prohibited on the NYSE floor.
Many of the younger reporters in the pen were either unaware of Stewart's celebrity altogether, or knew him only from his role as Professor X in the X-Men franchise. One millennial cameraman wondered if he was standing mere feet from Spock.