I logged into my old YouTube account and found my old video had made 24 million views. Now have a partnership with Google. AMA
5-6 years ago, when I was about 14, I posted various videos of an online game I played, none of them gathering more than several thousand views. Being a immature and bored 14-year-old, I created a 7 second video parody of Dora the Explorer. It seemed to gather slight attention, but when I had come back to this youtube account after a while of inactivity, I had found it had gathered 24 million views with a 2:1 like ratio (much higher than I think it deserves).
YouTube offered me a partnership years ago when it had just started gaining popularity. I have just accepted it this month and am now being paid by them to run ads on my content.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36GDN_EBNaE (set your expectations very low, even for that of a 14-year-old)
EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that running ads on videos, no matter how popular, is widely available right now. I think that, years ago, partnerships were only offered to users with popular videos containing no copyright infringement. Thank you for informing me. It was still quite a shock to come across what I did after nearly abandoning the account.