They Did Surgery on a GRAPE?!

They Did Surgery on a GRAPE?!

Blakely Harrison, Fruit Surgeon

“They did surgery on a grape” is a sentence that you may have read on the internet in
the past couple weeks. It is from a 2017 video from a Chicago medical facility. The video was
showcasing the facility’s new medical robot’s precision by removing the skin from a grape. The
demonstration was intended to showcase the da Vinci surgery robot. The da Vinci system is a
widely used surgery robots, allowing robots to make tiny incisions during operations, allowing
patients to be able to heal faster. The da Vinci surgery was approved by the FDA in 2000.
A video of the surgery being executed on the grape was posted by Cheddar, a social
media news outlet, on July 7, 2017 and was giving the subtitle “they did surgery on a grape”
simply to state what happened. It was these very words that became the heart of the viral
meme.
The video of the grape went viral because people found the idea of surgery being done
on a grape ridiculous. In actuality, the doctors were simply trying to showcase new medical
technology to the world.
The sense of humor on the internet has shifted away from SNL skits and videos like “Charlie Bit
my Finger” and has now moved on to mocking the most bizarre and random things. There
seems to be no clear formula as to why certain things go viral, but it seems that the more out
there the joke is, then the more retweets or likes it will get.