This phrase was soon brought out of the bedroom and applied to everyday awkward situations, but all refer back to that original awkward turtle moment when the awkward turtle first appeared and the woman mysteriously got a horrible headache...
The awkward turtle is symbolized by placing one hand, open, palm facing down, thumb out to the side on top of your other hand, palm facing down, thumb out. The thumbs are then wiggled or rotated in tiny circles to signify the awkward tension.
Him: Yeah, let me take my pants off...
Him: It gets bigger!!
Her: I just got a really bad headache... I think I'm allergic to your tiny, pathetic penis.
This moment describes the awkward turtle.
When you're in an awkward moment, place your hands on top of each other, and spin your thumbs forward. Thus creating the creature know as awkward turtle.
Girl- "Um...that's cool..."
Boy- *AWKWARD TURTLE*
"What'd you do?"
"We had to bust out the awkward turtle"