388: Fuck Grapefruit
Title text: Coconuts are so far down to the left they couldn't be fit on the chart. Ever spent half an hour trying to open a coconut with a rock? Fuck coconuts.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: A large portion of this explanation is waffle, and not even the tasty kind... Needs rewriting to be more succinct, perhaps moving the comments on individual fruits to an additional column in the table, or removing some of the less relevant ones completely.|
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This comic consists of a chart where Randall has plotted fruits according to two criteria: ease/difficulty to eat, and tastiness. For instance, pineapples are deemed fairly tasty but very difficult to eat, whereas (seeded) grapes are very tasty and somewhat easy, and logically seedless grapes are just about equally tasty while being far more easy at the same time.
Obviously being easy to eat is preferable to being difficult, and being tasty is preferable to being untasty, so the "best" fruits (regarding these two aspects only) are in the top-right corner, and the worst in the bottom-left one; additionally, in the top-left corner are the "difficult-but-worthy" fruits, and in the bottom-right one, the "not-so-tasty-but-easy-anyway" ones.
For health reasons, other factors should also be considered. For example, all of thecitrus fruit appears in the least desirable part of the chart, but avoiding all citrus fruit can result in scurvy.
Foods not included
Regarding citrus fruit, it would have been interesting to see where he would have placed the more sweet and often much more peel-able mandarin and especially the hybrid clementine. (This could resemble the comparison of seeded vs. seedless grapes.)
Randall does not explain how he has decided how difficult or easy fruits are.
A pineapple could be considered difficult because of the need for a knife, but this is also true of a watermelon, which was considered easier than pineapples or oranges, which are fairly easy to peel. However, a watermelon is larger, so the amount of effort compared to the amount of fruit is lower.
Many would also think that fruits containing a stone/pit such as peaches and cherries would be annoying (both because a person has to be careful not to swallow them and because of the need to dispose of them), but this clearly not the case for Randall.
As evident from the above section, and according to FRUIT OPINIONS! on the Blag, this was the most controversial comic written to this point, beating out comics about cunnilingus, the Obama endorsement, and my making 4chan tiny on the map of the internet.
- Cunnilingus see 136: Science Fair.
- The Obama endorsement See Politics also from the Blag.
- 4chan is tiny on the map of the internet called 256: Online Communities. (See the small island to the far right - left of "dragons" in the sentence Here there be anthromorphic dragons.)
- Not to be confused with the comic that is actually named 195: Map of the Internet.
The comic shows an X-Y plot of fruit, showing tastiness on the vertical axis and difficulty-of-consumption on the horizontal axis. The Y-axis goes from "tasty" at the top, to "untasty" at the bottom. The X-axis goes from "easy" on the right to "difficult" on the left.
Below is a table listing the coordinates for each fruit according to how tasty it is and assuming that the extremes of each axis goes from -100% to 100% (untasty = -tasty and difficult = -easy). Note that this does not agree with the title text since coconuts would be off the charts. However the extremes for both tasty and untasty as well as for easy and difficult are equally far from the main axis.
The coordinated have been found by measuring each fruit from the center of the drawing (not center of mass, but center from left to right/top to bottom) to the two axes. The axes are hand drawn which is clearly visible. The numbers have been obtained be measuring to the nearest point of each axis, not taking into account that the axes are not perfect straight perpendicular lines.
|100%||68%||Peaches||Among Randall's favorite fruits, as it is the one deemed most tasty and it is far more tasty than the four fruits that are deemed easier to eat.|
|85%||13%||Seeded grapes||It is unclear why are the seeded grapes more tasty.|
|75%||75%||Strawberries||Actually not a berry but an accessory fruit, like many of the other fruits on the chart|
|72%||100%||Seedless grapes||It is unclear why are the seeded grapes more tasty.|
|-18%||16%||Bananas||Shown in the chart as difficult to eat, even though they are among the most easily peelable fruit. This could be because the eater is left with a rather large peel, which is a danger because someone can slip on it. Or he might have difficulty keeping monkeys from taking his bananas.|
|-74%||26%||Tomatoes||Often claimed to be a vegetable. In the botanical sense however, it is actually a fruit (or a berry.|
|-86%||-75%||Grapefruit||According to the chart, the third hardest fruit to eat as well as the second most untasty fruit (from the ones listed at least). Eating one of them is like spending too much of one's time and energy without much reward. Hence Randall's quip in the title: "Fuck grapefruit".|
|<-100%||<-100%||Coconuts||Mentioned only in the title text. As Randall puts it, they are far more difficult to eat (especially to open) than the usual mainstream fruits such as the ones plotted here, and once open Randall doesn't even like the taste. Therefore, they could not even fit on the chart because they are too far in the bottom-left corner. Having spent half an hour trying (in vain?) to open a coconut, Randall has superseded the previous "worst fruit" in the title: "Fuck coconuts".|
- [An X-Y plot of fruit where both axises have arrows in both ends. At the end of each arrow is a label.]
- [The X-axis from left to right:]
- [The Y-axis from top to bottom:]
- [The fruit names are listed here below from top to bottom according to the how tasty the fruit is, not necessarily in the same order that the names are written if one fruit is tall/large and the other low:]
- Seeded grapes
- Seedless grapes
- Green apples
- Red apples
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