March 04, 2011 08:00 AM

It wasn’t the most comedic of moments: Marcus McArthur, a doctoral candidate in American history, had just received a rejection letter in the mail for a job he had applied to.

Baby Micah, then 8-months, laughed anyways.

It’s this little moment, captured in a YouTube video, that has made little Micah a big viral sensation to the tune of 5.5 million hits — and counting! — since it was posted five weeks ago.

“We don’t know that many people,” McArthur said, with a laugh, on Friday’s Today show. “What’s going on?”
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Alyssa Milano, who announced last month that she is expecting a little one of her own, might be able to answer that question. The Who’s the Boss and Charmed alum Tweeted a link to the clip last week.

“If this video doesn’t make you smile, check your pulse,” she said.

As for that rejection letter, looks like baby Micah’s belly laugh did the trick — even if his dad is still on the hunt for a job post-graduation. “It really lifted my spirits,” he said.

— Alison Schwartz

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