It’s freezing cold, we have less than a month to go until Christmas, and the days are so short that 4pm feels like bedtime.
Yep - we’re almost at the end of the year, which means it’s time to let out all of our pent-up weirdness (as if we haven't been doing that for the past 11 months anyway...)
And nothing’s more absurd than the latest meme: ‘they did surgery on a grape’.
If you haven’t seen it, the meme basically consists of people repeating “they did surgery on a grape” on Twitter, Photoshopping grape-surgery-related images, or wishing the grape a speedy recovery from its surgery.
An early example of the genre
And now here’s the grape outside the hospital
NGL, we’d watch this show
And there’s been a lot of meme cross-over…
Coma guy wants to know if they did surgery on a grape
Trump wants us to know that they did surgery on a grape
Parents: is your teenager doing surgery on a grape?
Frankly, it’s all got a little out of hand...
So Australian writer David Hughes has summed it up in this series of tweets
But the meme hasn’t come completely out of nowhere. Believe it or not, surgeons have successfully performed surgery on a grape - by gently peeling off its skin, and then stitching it back on.
Might look a little random, but the operation was first carried out to demonstrate the incredible precision of a new type of surgical robot called the ‘da Vinci Xi’.
Then, there was this video tweeted out by a hospital in Australia back in May - which has, in the past two days, been flooded with grape-related responses.
Dr Declan Murphy, an oncologist from Melbourne who was the grape surgeon in the video, tells BBC Three that they filmed the grape operation for an Australian children's show, to "introduce kids to surgical technology". This particular grape, he says, was called "Grapey McGrapeface".
"Then all of a sudden, months after the original tweet, my Twitter feed went crazy!" he says. "I don't know which influencer picked it up, but they clearly have a massive network."
The robot, he says, is now "put to good use on humans with cancer".
Each machine costs about £1.5 million - which is why there are currently only 10 of them in the whole of the UK. But as you can see from this BBC News report from April this year, it means doctors can perform extremely precise surgery on - for example - someone’s oesophagus, by controlling the robot from within the operating room.
So when you think about it, being able to perform surgery on something as small as a grape is a revolutionary thing in the world of medical science.
Although the image of a grape going under the knife is still pretty funny.