They did surgery on a grape: The viral meme explained
What does this even mean?
This past week, you might have seen people talking about the surgery on a grape meme, and wondered what on earth is going on. The phrase "they did surgery on a grape" is everywhere, but why? It's taken over the internet – alongside the "Video killed the radio star" meme, the "my brain: don't say it" meme and the "My Yé is different to your Yé" meme.
What is this they did surgery on a grape meme? What does it mean? Why is everyone talking about it?
Where did the surgery on a grape meme come from?
The video is weird to say the least, but also oddly satisfying as it shows the skin of a grape being precisely removed by machinery.
The clip was then randomly shared on Instagram by SimpleDorito with the caption “they did surgery on a grape” written across it multiple times.
And then out of nowhere, people started reposting the image and next thing it was all over Twitter and had become a viral meme.
— They Did (@SurgeryOnA) November 23, 2018
THEY DID SURGERY ON A GRAPE pic.twitter.com/sVe0vnnRSX
— Todd 'Papi' Carlos (@TheToddWilliams) November 24, 2018
grape just got out of surgery, sent me this. pic.twitter.com/MhWpcag0Hx
— they did surgery on a grape (@buchannanbxrnes) November 24, 2018
The meme is everywhere and people that repost the concept with different pictures and captions are getting thousands of retweets.
What is the meaning of the 'they did surgery on a grape' meme?
The £1.6million robot is used by doctors for less invasive surgery. It works remotely and its movements are controlled by a surgeon. It has been effectively used to help those with ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.
The video was just to show how precisely the machine can work.
BEHIND THE SCENES. Here's some pictures from today's shoot with Peter Mac's Director of Robotic Surgery @declangmurphy showing @ScopeTV11 how our da Vinci Xi robot works, performing precision surgery on a grape. #roboticsurgery #robot #davinciXi pic.twitter.com/dfzGszpzN6
— Peter Mac Cancer Ctr (@PeterMacCC) May 29, 2018
Now people are using the phrase to caption absolutely everything – even their selfies, asking "If I was a grape, would you do surgery on me?"
There isn't really a definitive meaning behind the memes, they are just laughing at doctors doing surgery on a grape – without the medical context. But it is kinda funny.
two doctors collapse after a 32 hour surgery on a grape pic.twitter.com/FQo5lAoI0x
— rudy mustang (@rudy_mustang) November 25, 2018