'Charlie bit my finger' earns $500,000 in 5 years

April 01, 2012

Stills from Charlie bit my finger - again!

Stills from the youtube hit 'Charlie bit my finger'

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That precocious Charlie is more than a finger-biter — he's a moneymaker.

The family that created the most viewed amateur YouTube video ever - featuring a biting baby and his talkative older brother - has made a half-million dollars from ads surrounding that video.

Speaking to ABC's Nightline in the US, the boy's father said the whole thing started when he posted the video in 2007 for his son's godfather in Colorado.

The video captured a few million views within its few months.

Howard Davies-Carr, the boy's dad, said he considered taking the video down at that point — but didn't, because there were already many parody videos and copies on other websites. Once the video reached 50 million views, the family began raking in cash from YouTube ads and television spots.

With more than 436 million views, the video has become a pop culture phenomenon. The only video watched more on YouTube is the official theme of the 2010 World Cup.

Playing off the popularity of the video and their adorable boys, the family started a blog in 2009 to document the kids' lives.

They also have a Twitter account, @harryandcharlie, a YouTube channel with other videos of their boys (there are four), and a Facebook page.

There are dozens of "Charlie Bit Me" parodies, songs and various auto-tuned remixes on youtube.

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