‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ Stars To Auction Off Viral Video As NFT : NPR

The then 1 year old Charlie bites the 3 year old Harry in the 2007 YouTube video. The rest is history.


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The then 1 year old Charlie bites the 3 year old Harry in the 2007 YouTube video. The rest is history.


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Another beloved piece of Internet history was bitten by the NFT bug.

The family behind “Charlie Bit My Finger” is auctioning the popular 2007 home video in the form of a non-fungible token or NFT, which gives the highest bidder the chance to own an original copy.

The Davies-Carr family announced that the video will be deleted from YouTube on May 23 after the auction.

The 55 second video, uploaded to YouTube in the early days, shows a British toddler named Harry holding his little brother Charlie – a scene that quickly escalates when Harry sticks his finger in his brother’s mouth. Charlie, of course, bites down – and the iconic lines are born: “Ouch, Charlie!” and “Charlie, that really hurt!”

It’s one of the most watched videos of all time, with over 882 million views.

What is an NFT?  And why are people paying millions to buy them?

The move to join the recent NFT craze follows the path of other meme sensations that emerged from the internet of yesteryear. Zoë Roth, better known as “Disaster Girl”, sold the iconic photo of her toddler for almost half a million dollars. “Bad luck Brian” jumped up too the NFT train.

The announcement for the Davies-Carr video begins May 22nd, marking the 14th anniversary of the video’s debut. And there’s a bonus: the highest NFT bidder gets the chance to create their own “Charlie Bit My Finger” parody with the original stars of the video.

Harry, now 17, and Charlie, 15, see the auction as “the perfect opportunity to embrace the next iteration of the internet,” a Statement read.

“Charlie Bit My Finger has been a huge part of the Davies-Carr family’s life for the past 14 years and they are excited to welcome others to join their story. This is not the end of the beloved video, but rather a new beginning.”

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