Banana For Scale

Banana For Scale

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“Banana for Scale” is an expression indicating that a banana has been placed in the frame of a photograph to reveal the true-to-life size of another object on display in relative scale.


On August 30th, 2010, blogger Andy Herald posted a photograph of a safe to Facebook with a banana laying next to it for scale (shown below), to which several of his friends commented with jokes about the fruit.[1]


On August 24th, 2012, Herald published an infographic for using a banana as a unit of measurement (shown below) to the parenting humor blog HowToBeADad.[1]

On June 11th, 2013, Imgur[2] user KingOPancakes submitted a photo album titled “How to win a bet when you lose a bet,” which contained photographs of a complicated prank lock box containing a $15 Dunkin Donuts card. In two of the photographs, a banana is shown for scale (shown below).

On November 13th, Imgur user TwoBiteBrownie posted an image gallery containing several photographs of a hidden staircase discovered behind a bookshelf (shown below). In one of the photographs, several objects and candy wrappers are shown next to a banana peel, which he explains was put there “for scale” (shown below).

On November 26th, Reddit r0bbE submitted a photograph of a large banana placed next to a keyboard and a smaller banana “for scale” (shown below, left) to the /r/pics[3 subreddit. In the first 21 days, the post gained over 11,300 up votes and 530 comments. On December 8th, Reddit ASharkToof submitted a photograph of himself with actor Tom Hanks looking perplexed at a large banana being held “for scale” (shown below, right) to the /r/pics[4] subreddit. Within nine days, the post garnered upwards of 25,700 up votes and 490 comments. On December 17th, 2013, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot[5] published an article about the spread of the banana photo fad on the web.

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