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The Charlie Bit My Finger KidsOver half a billion views. The kids from "Charlie Bit My Finger," a video featuring a kid and his baby brother who keeps biting his finger, has been seen by more people than most of your favorite TV shows. Networks would KILL for this kind of exposure.
And all these kids had to do was be insanely adorable.
In 2007, YouTube user HDCYT's video featured a 1-year-old biting his 3-year-old brother's finger, as the older one complains about how much that hurts, kindly asking his brother not to bite his finger in the most politely British way imaginable.
Success KidYou've seen "Success Kid" before. Plenty of times. He's a little man named Sammy whose mom took a picture of him that went up on Getty Images in 2007. Then in 2008 (aka the Golden Age of the Internet when .gifs were still used to communicate and page backgrounds were allowed to be sparkly), the popular photoshop of "Success Kid" (then known as the "I Hate Sand Castles" kid) made the rounds on sites like MySpace.
Once this took off, Sammy became extremely common throughout the Internet as a picture anyone can use to express their excitement at something relatively mundane.
And once he was made into an Advice Animal (first seen in this form as uploaded to Reddit), much like most other Advice Animal memes, he became ubiquitous around the web.
Two Babies Who Talk in BabyIn early 2011, this video of two babies seemingly talking to each other in complete gibberish hit the front page of Reddit, leading it to be posted pretty much everywhere else on the Internet and then on television a few weeks later.
Remixes and other videos were made immediately, most notably by comedian Patton Oswalt. With over 70 million views, the video has made the babies involved some of the most Internet famous babies in history. It's like they're making fun of us. In the right state of mind, this video could lead you to an existential crisis.
DA DA DA DA DA DA?
DA DA DA DA!
The Scared BabyThis little guy has become one of the most well-known .gifs used regularly to express surprise or disgust in regards to the post being talked about.
His name is Emerson, and the popular .gif came from a viral video off of YouTube featuring little Emerson playing happily with his throne of toys, that is, until his mother would blow her nose. This would scare the baby temporarily, reacting with such surprise that the Internet immediately fell in love with him.
He's arguably the cutest baby on this list. I will fight you on this.
The most well-known moment comes at 00:43
Baby Trashes Bar in Las PalmasMiniatures? Check. Puppets? CHECK. Giant drunk baby staggering all over the place, knocking over stuff like it's nothing, picking food off strangers' plates and spitting up everywhere? Jackpot. In this trailer for his short film Las Palmas, Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm nails my Friday nights at the Cha Cha Lounge.
As soon as this video hit the Internet, people fell in love with it, giving the filmmaker some great exposure, but more importantly, showing us how we are clearly all children when we drink too much.
Single Ladies Dancing BabyEasily one of the most watched videos of 2009, if not the biggest viral video that year. This little tyke's name is Cory. Cory's parents were so pleased by his instant Internet fame when the video of him dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" (which is a whole meme in of itself), that they made the baby a Twitter account, t-shirts, and capitalized on their Internet stardom as quickly as you probably should. Unless you're Scumbag Steve, you only have a matter of weeks before that goes away.
(Follow the baby, yes a baby, on @BabyCory)