April Fools

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The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, 1957

On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland.

The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil”

The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show’s highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets.

The segment concluded with the assurance that
“For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti”

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response – hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.
to this query the BBC diplomatically replied:
“Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”

To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool’s Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool’s Day hoax.

Read source: “Museums of Hoaxes


25 tanker om “April Fools

  1. Southern Switzerland is not far from San Fermo….
    Maybe ,at the time , there were spaghetti plantations in the area ,too,but , as I was living in Buenos Aires , in those years , I couldn’t…….
    (Sorry for being so silly….)
    Undoubtedly April Fools worked!

  2. April Fools pranks are a special breed of jokes. You need to be really good, to pull it off.
    this prank reminds me of the Orson Welles War of the World broadcast on Halloween in the 20ies…I think for both it was much easier to fall for this kind of “trickery” than it would be today…but then again, some people nowadays don’t know what a tomato looks like…or where spaghetti comes from! Tell them donkeys can fly long enough and they are bound to believe it(?)! 😛

    • #.barbara garcia
      Thanks really appreciate your words… 🙂

      I think these april fools story from 1957 is one of the best april fools jokes ever – well done BBC… 🙂

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