The first video uploaded to YouTube is finally a teen.
Thirteen years ago on Monday — on April 23, 2005 — YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded this 18 second clip to the site just a few months after the domain was secured, and nothing's been the same since.
By the YouTube standards of today, it's a pretty dull video, but it does embody much of internet culture with a subtle dick joke.
"So here we are in front of the elephants," he says, calmly. "Cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long...trunks," he jokes. "That's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say."
Bam. History was made.
Over 48 million people have watched the electrifying elephant discourse over the years, which reamains the only video on Karim's channel. Many hopped on Twitter to celebrate the genesis of the internet as we know it.
I love how the first video on a platform that shaped the way we view media as a species is a dick joke https://t.co/QIA6yv1qDL
— Trev (@VideoDistortion) April 23, 2018
It's crazy to think that 13 years ago today, this video is what started it all. https://t.co/ptuqbfSRRE
— Gage The Psycho (@Gage_The_Psycho) April 23, 2018
And it's still demonetized till this day 😂 https://t.co/bwf2nc87BU
— ReaperSteve (@ReaperSteve1) April 23, 2018
And, in the wise words of a young Karim, "that's pretty much all there is to say."
Happy birthday, "Me at the zoo"!