They Did Surgery On a Grape refers to a copypasta borne from a video in which Edward Hospital, located in Naperville, Illinois, demonstrated the precision of the da Vinci Surgical System by using the equipment to peel a grape. Several years after the video was posted, business and tech site Cheddar made a video about the demonstration. A screenshot from this video was posted to Instagram with the caption "They Did Surgery on a Grape," which grew popular and led to the creation of a copypasta and parodies, sometimes involving recursive derivatives.
On August 11th, 2010, Edward Hospital posted a video demonstrating the surgical precision of the da Vinci Surgical System by using it to peel a grape (shown below).
On July 31st, 2017, business and tech site Cheddar tweeted an edited version of Edward Hospital's video, adding the caption "They did surgery on a grape" (shown below).
On November 19th, 2018, Instagram meme account @simpledorito posted a screenshot from Cheddar's video, adding the caption "They did surgery on a grape." The post gained over 4,000 likes (shown below).
On November 21st, 2018, Twitter user @ScummyR tweeted an edit of the screenshot, featuring the words "they did surgery on a grape" added multiple times. The tweet received more than 9,700 retweets and 46,000 likes in eight days (shown below, left).
On November 22nd, @simpledorito shared the image on Instagram. This post gained over 3,000 likes (shown below, right). It also appeared on /r/dank_meme that day, where it gained over 13,000 points.
The popularity of these posts led to many parodies on social media. For example, on Twitter, user @sunlitjhs posted a photoshopped parody that gained over 6,600 retweets and 32,000 likes (shown below, left). User @ToddWilliams posted a Trump Yelling at Lawn-mowing Boy parody that gained over 1,600 retweets and 10,000 likes (shown below, right).
Elsewhere on social media, a post by Adam the Creator featuring Tom Hanks gained over 34,000 likes (shown below, left). A subreddit devoted to the meme was created and gained over 440 subscribers in less than a week. There, one of the top posts features a photoshopped man having just gotten out of surgery (shown below, right). The meme was extensively covered by The Independent, The Daily Dot, Popbuzz, and others.
He Played Piano Like an Epic Sir
On November 23rd, 2018, Seth Everman parodied the meme by creating a similar image as simpledorito's text-heavy "They Did Surgery On a Grape" post, using the phrase "He Played Piano Like an Epic Sir." The text is likely a reference to the Feel Like a Sir Rage Comic. He posted the image to Twitter and Tumblr where he gained over 4,800 retweets and 29,000 notes (shown below).
The post began spreading with further recursions on Reddit. Posts appeared on /r/youtube, /r/memes, and /r/comedycemetery.