Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?

Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?

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“Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?” is a memorable quote from the animated children’s show SpongeBob SquarePants. Online a screenshot of Patrick asking the question on the show is accompianied by the quote replacing mayonnaise with other things that aren’t instruments, or the entire quote is altered so the text questions whether sometimething can be categorized as something it can not be categorized as.


On September 7th, 2001, an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants aired titled “Band Geeks”[1] which features Patrick asking Squidward:

“Is Mayonnaise an Instrument?”

The scene was first uploaded to YouTube by YouTuber cyberguy91[2] on August 19th, 2010. As of August 2014, the video has gained over 410,000 views.


On November 11th, 2009, the Facebook page[3] “Is Mayonnaise an Instrument” was created, as of August 2014, the page has gained over 24,000 likes.

On December 20th, 2011, YouTuber Jn s[4] uploaded a video titled “Is Mayonnaise An Instrument Dubstep Remix.” As of August 2014, the video has gained over 22,000 views. On March 10th, 2012, YouTuber sbatkk[5] uploaded a video titled “Is Mayonnaise an Instrument,” which features the scene on a 10 minute loop. As of August 2014, the video has gained over 38,000 views.

On November 14th, 2011, Urban Dictionary[6] user Hosta Mahogie posted an defintion of mayonnaise which reads:

“Something that is not, in fact, an instrument.”

On January 16th, 2014, Redditor Fluffy_Panda1729 asked for the origin of “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” on the /r/OutOfTheLoop/[7] subreddit. Redditor Dolphman answered:

“Spongebob, An American kids TV show that has been running from the late 90s to the present. The episode is named “Band geeks” and was released on September 7, 2001. The episode itself is consider one of the best in the series."

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[1]SpongeBob Wikia – Band Geeks

[2]YouTube – cyberguy91

[3]Facebook – is mayonnaise and instrument

[4]YouTube – TeJoshta

[5]YouTube – sbatkk

[6]UrbanDictionary – mayonnaise

[7]Reddit – /r/OutOfTheLoop

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