Friday, April 20, 2007

On April Fools' Day 1957.....

As we are still in April, let me introduce to you the best all time April fools day hoax till now.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest:

On April Fools' Day 1957, the British Broadcasting Corporation tried a startling trick on its news show Panorama. Journalist Richard Dimbleby offered viewers a tour of a "spaghetti harvest" in Ticino, Switzerland. "The last two weeks of March are an anxious time for the spaghetti farmer," Dimbleby earnestly reported as a family was shown plucking strips of pasta off trees. "There's the chance of a late frost, which, while not entirely ruining the crop, generally impairs the flavor." The show announced "Thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop."

The story concluded, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like home grown spaghetti." After the report ran, the BBC was flooded with calls from people asking where they might get a spaghetti tree. They were reportedly told to "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

Check out the actual broadcast archived on the BBC's website (You need the RealVideo player installed to see it, and it usually loads very slowly).

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