- The 2007 ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ is one of the first viral sensations on YouTube, amassing over 880 million views.
- On May 23, it was deleted from the video platform forever after it was repackaged as an NFT and auctioned off.
- After an intense bidding war, the final sale price for the NFT settled on $760,999.
Every day I feel like Brooks after being released from Shawshank—bewildered, bleary-eyed, and failing to connect with a world turning too quickly for me.
While I have no plans to tie a rope around my neck over it, I can’t help but feel like a fossil when completing previously ubiquitous tasks like withdrawing from an ATM or mindlessly following the “green line” set up by my trusted Fidelity financial adviser, Derek.
Today, yet again, I was reminded just how out of touch I am after stumbling across the story of the 2007 YouTube video Charlie Bit My Finger.
The 55-second grainy video featured Harry Davies-Carr, then 3, getting bitten by 1-year-old baby brother, Charlie. It was one of the first clips to go viral on the video platform and has been viewed over 883 million times since it was deleted from YouTube forever on May 23 after it was repackaged as an NFT (non-fungible token) and sold for auction.
They’re taking Charlie bit my finger off YouTube and selling it as an NFT. streets is done
— 🗻FROM ME TO YOU OUT NOW!!!🗻 (@Quadeca) May 22, 2021
(According to Market Watch, an NFT is a certificate of ownership for a digital asset. Whatever that means.)
On Sunday, a bidders under the names “3fmusic” and “mememaster” engaged in an intense bidding war that sent the price of the video skyrocketing. 3fmusic ultimately won out, with the final price of the Charlie Bit My Finger NFT settling at $760,999, a solid fortune for the Davies-Carr, now 17 and 15 years old. The family vowed to delete the video from YouTube after the sale was final.
Rest in Peace, Charlie Bit My Finger. A piece of YouTube history will be gone forever as it is being auction as an NFT. pic.twitter.com/LJcM4ECIa7
— Crimson Mayhem (@Crimson_Mayhem_) May 21, 2021
The Davies-Carr brothers are just the latest to cash in on viral fame. Former “Disaster Girl” Zoe Roth (you know, the girl smiling into the camera while a house is in flames behind her), sold an NFT of her meme for almost half a million dollars last month. Chris Torres, the created the Nyan Cat GIF of a flying cat with a rainbow shooting out of its ass, sold the NFT for nearly $600,000.
Working for a living is for the birds, man.
RIP Brooks. Probably best you’re not around for this dystopia.