During the initial days of YouTube, there was one specific video which became insanely famous after a toddler was seen to scream, “Ouch! Charlie bit my finger!’ Since then, this video not only became viral but also iconic and it was viewed more than 882 million times, thereby making it the most-watched viral videos on YouTube ever.
However, it is sad to note that the viewers of this viral video will not have to bid goodbye to this clipping as the Davies-Carr family recently announced that it would very soon be deleted from YouTube, probably on the 23rd of May. This year, 2021 will mark the 14th anniversary of the video and hence the family has decided to auction the rights of this video in its brand new Non-Fungible Token (NFT) form. Of late, NFTs have become increasingly popular among investors.
What is an NFT?
NFT is the abbreviated form of non-fungible token. When we label something as non-fungible, it means something that you can’t trade or swap. It is more like a certificate for a digital asset with the help of which you claim to own something digital.
Here, it is the Charlie Bit My Finger video. Non-fungible tokens mean the original versions of tweets, memes or even viral videos which have the ability to be sold off as if they were a valuable piece of art. They are stored in the blockchain. NFTs can be sold and purchased but they can’t be mutually interchanged like other network tokens or cryptocurrencies, which are usually fungible by nature.
The most vital use case is digital artwork, that has many a times, been sold on blockchains for several million-dollar worth of Ethereum, a cryptocurrency which is native to the world of digital currencies. There might have been several copies of the file but the NFT is considered as the only original version.
More on the Charlie Bit My Finger Video
This specific viral video was uploaded on YouTube by Charlie and Harry’s dad, Howard, back in 2007. His main intention was to email it to their dear godparents residing in the US but since they couldn’t do that, they uploaded it to YouTube. The video features Harry, sitting along with his brother Charlie, who was a 1-year toddler in 2007. Harry puts his finger inside the mouth of Charlie, who bites down the finger.
According to what has been found from their family website, they said that the video was video was filmed simply as a part of recording the random moments of the boys during their tender age of growth. They had no intention of making it viral but then the internet had completely different plans for this family!
These boys, Harry and Charlie are now 17 and 15 and they are soon going to enter adulthood and hence it is probably the ideal time to ‘embrace the next iteration of the internet’, as quoted from their family website. As per this family, the removal of the video from YouTube doesn’t mark the end of the video but rather a new beginning.
Video is all set to be removed from YouTube
There’s no doubt that Charlie Bit My Finger video has played a huge role in the lives of the Davies-Carr family for the last 14 years. This is why they’re super excited to welcome other people to become an inseparable part of their story. The auction of this 55-second clip will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.
Their family website also mentions the fact that the person who places the winning NFT bid will be thrown an opportunity to record his own parody of the video which features Charlie and Harry. The auction for this NFT ownership of this digital asset will be held on 22nd May, 2021 and this initiative could bring in a fortune for the family.
The auctioning procedure is occurring at a time when the boys are turning 17 and 15 and entering their phase of adulthood, soon to embark on a new chapter of their lives. However, the Davies-Carr’s family didn’t mention how they’re planning to utilize the proceeds of the auction.
Previously there was this ‘Disaster Girl Meme’ – a picture of a young and sweet girl smiling with a fire at the background, was sold recently as an NFT for $473,000 or £341,000. The little girl named Zoe Roth is now 21 and she mentioned that she would donate the money to the charities and also use a part of the proceeds for paying off her student loan.