15 People Who Got Their 15 Minutes Of Fame (And Milked It For More Than It Was Worth)

Once the initial burst of fame dried up, Octomom did the heel turn.
15 People Who Got Their 15 Minutes Of Fame (And Milked It For More Than It Was Worth)

Ah, the internet! It's a place where fame can be found in the strangest of places, and it's a place where it can come and go in the blink of an eye. In this list, we explore the stories of some of the most famous internet personalities of all time, from the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker to the Cash Me Outside girl, and from the shoe-throwing activist to the Double Rainbow guy. 

We'll take a look at how these internet sensations rose to fame, and how they've used that fame to their advantage. We'll explore how they've used their newfound fame in odd ways, from the Chewbacca Mom singing Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" to the Octomom making a porn flick to help support her eight children.  We'll also take a look at how some of these internet personalities have cashed in on their fame by auctioning off their viral videos and photos as NFTs, from the "Charlie Bit My Finger" video to the "Disaster Girl" photo. 

So join us as we take a look at the stories of the most famous internet personalities of all time, and how they've used their fame to ... try and get more and more fame.

From fail to fortune: Tori Locklear's curling wand story.

CRACKED Tori Locklear In 2013, Tori Locklear's curling wand fail on video went viral and made her an internet sensation. Six years later, she came back with a new hair tutorial and brand partnership with Pantene, all based on that original viral video.


Zoë's dad's snap of her might be able to buy her a house.

CRACKED Zoë Roth Zoë Roth went viral after her dad's pic of her looking kind of satanic in front of a burning house blew up, and years later she sold the original photo as an NFT for half a million bucks.


Fame, from one viral hit to another?

CRACKED Tay Zonday In 2007, Tay Zonday released Chocolate Rain on YouTube and became famous. After that, he's been on Robot Chicken and made a song for Dr. Pepper called Cherry Chocolate Rain.

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From 'Friday' to TikTok: Rebecca Black's decade of evolution.

CRACKED Rebecca Black Rebecca Black made headlines in 2011 with her viral song Friday, but she's now a TikTok star and a queer favorite. To mark its 10-year anniversary, she released a remix of the song.


Sean O'Brien, trolled to triumph in LA.

CRACKED Sean O'Brien Sean O'Brien, trolled on Twitter for his awkward dancing, got global support and was celebrated in LA with a party with celebs. Не even tossed the ceremonial first pitch at a Dodgers vs. Padres game, wearing a Dodgers shirt with Dancing Man on the back. 2 Dodgers the Call


Double Rainbow Guy meets the stars.

CRACKED Paul Vasquez Paul Vasquez's 2010 Double Rainbow video led him to get featured in commercials with Jennifer Aniston, Smartwater and Microsoft. Не also appeared in the in-flight safety program for Delta Airlines. In 2010, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Tosh.0.


Ain't nobody got time for that...except Sweet Brown.

CRACKED Sweet Brown Sweet Brown became an internet star after her famous phrase Ain't nobody got time for that! blew up online. She's since been in a bunch of local TV ads, like for a lawyer, a dentist, and a real estate agency.

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Charlie bit his finger—and now it's worth a grand. At least.

CRACKED Charlie (of Charlie Bit My Finger fame) In 2007, the Charlie Bit My Finger video went viral and became an internet classic. Years and years later, the Davies-Carr family auctioned it as an NFT, starting at $1,000, to help their four sons.


David's grogginess: priceless - but starting at 1 ETH!

CRACKED David After Dentist 7-year-old David DeVore Jr. became an internet star when his dad posted a video of him groggy from a tooth extraction on YouTube - the viral classic David After Dentist. The DeVore family auctioned it as an NFT over a decade later, starting at 1 ETH ($3,296.95).


After eight babies ... one porn movie?

CRACKED Octomom Nadya Suleman, AKA Octomom, cashed on her 15 minutes of fame with a porn flick. Years after I had the babies-the octuplets-my manager and I collaborated together on doing an independent, um, self-pleasure video, she said.

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Muntadhar al-Zaidi: A decade-plus of fame thanks to one incident.

CRACKED Muntadhar al-Zaidi Muntadhar al-Zaidi is the guy who famously threw a shoe at GWB in 2008, and he's been active (particularly on Twitter) ever since, replying to fans of his famous shoe-throwing stunt. Recently, he dedicated his freedom watch to George Floyd. ابين باسم تروتي عاس العراق


Cash me outside, Billboard Music Award-side!

CRACKED Bhad Bhabie Bhad Bhabie, aka Danielle Bregoli, is up for a Billboard Music Award for top rap female artist. She's famous for her cash me outside catchphrase (from the video that made her famous), and she also got 204 million views on her first four YouTube videos.

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