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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 March 30th, 2005, a photo of a banana placed against a TV set was posted on the blog Rockdogdesigns with a description explaining the TV was for sale:
“I don’t know how big the screen is, we’re moving and I can’t find the tape measurer. But I do have a banana. For scale. Oh wait, my husband says it’s 19inches. Oh well, I’ll leave the banana for interest. Please be interested.
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.
On June 11th, 2013, Imgur 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. The subreddit /r/BananasForScale was created on November 29th. As of April 2014, the subreddit has over 400 redditors. 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 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 published an article about the spread of the banana photo fad on the web.
The Daily Dot – How the banana for scale became the yardstick of the Internet
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