Forget spam, phishing, or selling your kidney on eBay (none of which you can legally do anyways). The newest way to make money on the Internet is, apparently, to take advantage of your child’s intoxicated state while he’s recovering from anesthesia after dental surgery. As “David After Dentist” shows us, the way that you do this is to video your child while he’s still loopy from the anesthesia, post the video on YouTube, and wait for the money to roll in. And, in the real life case of “David After Dentist”, that money has rolled in to the tune of about $150,00, and is still coming.
You see, David DeVore, aged 7, was sitting in the back of his father’s car after having had surgery at the dentist. He was still under the influence of the anesthesia, and, it seems from the video, just coming back to reality, when his father started rolling the camera
(How David’s father taped David in the backseat so expertly, while driving, is a mystery, but the camera is so steady that one suspects that he had it set up beforehand).
In the video, which runs just under two minutes, David has a conversation with his father in which he asks things such as “Is this real life?” and “Do I have stitches on my teeth?” He also seems to completely lose it, and screams at the top of his lungs.
Dad, for his part, suggests to his 7-year-old son that being high on anesthesia “kinda felt good, didn’t it?”
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The senior DeVore, also named David, says that he made the video public on YouTube because the number of people with whom he wanted to share the video privately through the YouTube system was greater than that to which the system limited him. So he made it public.
To date the video has received more than 62million hits.
And the DeVore’s have made nearly $150,000 on the video from YouTube advertising and merchandising, and have even put up a website at DavidAfterDentist.com, through which they ae selling merchandise. According to DeVore, of the $150,000, “about $100,000 of that (is from YouTube). The rest is licensing and merchandise.”
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The video was even featured, along with others, in the Vizio SuperBowl ad.
Of course, for their part, the DeVore’s say it was all just innocent, and they never expected the video to become the sensation that it has. But the merchandising and SuperBowl exposure speak of, at least, an interesting strike of a hot iron.
Not since Balloon Boy has there been such a questionable use of a young child.
Here’s the video:
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