The “Charlie bit my finger” video turns 10 this week. The homemade movie shows playful interaction between two British brothers that ends with a quote by the three-year-old Harry, who says “Charlie bit me and that really hurt” after getting his finger bitten by his one-year-old toddler brother. While British sales consultant Howard Davies-Carr originally intended to share the video with the boys’ relatives living in the United States via email, he ultimately decided to share it in private on YouTube, because the file size was too big for email attachment. As the video made the rounds within his personal network, Davies-Carr switched the viewability of the video to public for the sake of convenience.
… In the following months, the video remained largely undiscovered until early November, when a string of re-enactment parodies began surfacing on YouTube. On November 22nd, the video was featured on CollegeHumor.com giving a major boost in mass exposure of the video. Currently the original video has almost 850 million views.