surgery on a grape

YouTube/Edward Hospital

Why everyone is talking about how ‘they did surgery on a grape’

Surgery?? On a grape???


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 25, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 12:55 am CDT

Modern medicine is a marvel—it cured polio, allows doctors to perform heart transplants, and even let doctors do surgery on a grape.

Wait, what?

The da Vinci Single-Site is a robotic surgical system used by hospitals around the world to perform delicate, minimally invasive surgical operations—like on, say, a piece of fruit—with teeny, tiny mechanical claws. The da Vinci itself isn’t exactly a “robot” however, as the system is controlled by a surgeon operating from a console.

Developed by the American company Intuitive Surgical and approved by the FDA in 2000, the da Vinci has since been used to perform hundreds of thousands of surgeries, typically hysterectomies and prostate removals.

To demonstrate this incredible technology to the average person, it’s not uncommon to see videos of the da Vinci doing an “operation” on a grape. Heck, we even once covered one on this very website!

Of course at face value, performing surgery on a grape seems kind of silly. This fact was pointed out by the humor/meme Instagram account SimpleDorito last week using a Cheddar screenshot. “They did surgery on a grape,” the caption said, simply.

The source of the post appears to be a video uploaded to YouTube by Edward Hospital all the way back in 2010, but that didn’t stop it from quickly going viral in 2018.

From there, screenshots of the Instagram post began circulating on Reddit and Twitter, and it didn’t take long for “they did surgery on a grape” to become a full-blown absurdist meme. A subreddit to the meme even eventually surfaced, since the internet couldn’t stop talking about how “they” did surgery on a grape.

And then “surgery on a grape” intersected with other popular Twitter memes, such as “don’t say it,” the ranking meme, and Trump yelling at the lawn boy—as well as plenty of creative Photoshops.

Even the Wendy’s Twitter account got in on the “they did surgery on a grape” action:

One thing is for certain: The internet will never look at grapes the same way again.

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*First Published: Nov 25, 2018, 11:18 am CST