All truly great products have one thing in common: they simultaneously create and fill a niche that hadn’t existed before. (For further proof, take a look at the inexplicable popularity of iPads and e-readers. How the fuck?)
Indeed, even the late Steve Jobs—may he rest in peace in the iCloud forever—stole ideas from other companies (Xerox did desktop icons first, Stevie!). However, that’s the thing about genius—genius doesn’t care whether or not it’s your idea. Genius is entitled to whatever genius wants, and you goddamn proles better realize that and stop bitching.
The latest bit of genius at Yale centers about Twitter, like so many of today’s visionary “innovations”. Enter @Yalefruitreport, the newest Yale-themed account to grace the interwebz. Run by two pioneers—known only as “Eli” and “Nathalie”—they’ve taken the existing “Twatter” format and tweaked it into something at once intimately recognizable yet unfamiliar: they’ve set up an Internet platform to let Yale students in on where the best fruits are in all of the dining halls.
Let that sink in for a moment. You’ll never again have to wonder whether Saybrook dining hall has good kiwis (they don’t, and never will) or if Trumbull has non-shitty tangerines (it’s more than possible): they do all of the legwork—and most of the digestion—for you! They put their stomachs on the line for us, the students. Day in and day out, “Eli” and “Nathalie” are on the front lines of the battle for palatable fruit, working without pay or thanks, true fruit ninjas fighting the good fight.
If that’s not bravery (seriously though, have you ever seen an edible apple from Commons in November?), we here at Rumpus (@YaleRumpus, for you assholes who aren’t following us yet) don’t know what is. We’re with you, “Eli” and “Nathalie”! Never doubt the nobility of your crusade.
Oh, and everybody follow them on Twitter. After all, how else are you supposed to get the latest dish on fruit?