It’s been 10 years since Charlie bit Harry’s finger and the brothers became an internet sensation. Feel old yet?
The viral video was uploaded to YouTube on May 22, 2007—and it was never actually intended to go public. The brothers’ father, Howard Davies-Carr, was just trying to capture a sibling moment in their home in Buckinghamshire, England. Instead, his video has reached nearly 850 million hits on YouTube and he’s since earned roughly $1.3 million in royalties.
By October 2009, “Charlie Bit My Finger” had become YouTube’s most watched video with 129 million hits. Yup, this was one of the first clips to mark what’s become a viral video generation.
ICYMI (you live under a rock):
Flash forward one decade: Harry is 13 years old and Charlie is 11. They live in the same house and the boys’ dad still works full time as an IT consultant. While he’s admitted to making sure his sons always have nice bicycles, the majority of the money made from the video has been reportedly invested in their private education.
Here’s what they look like now:
What’s more? Now they’ve got two younger brothers—Jasper, nine, and Rupert, six, who apparently wouldn’t have existed if not for the royalties making their growing family possible.
We’d say it’s about time for another hit. We’re not suggesting Rupert bite Jasper, but we’re not suggesting Rupert doesn’t bite Jasper.