info 04.1.08

Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

Our favorite April Fool's prank occurred 51 years ago.

The august BBC ran a piece on a news program called Panorama, in which a highly-respected journalist, Richard Dimbleby, delivered with absolute seriousness a story about the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest.

Spaghetti was relatively unknown at that time in the U.K. and viewers began calling the BBC asking how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. The BBC is said to have replied, "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

To view the broadcast, go here.

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