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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 08:46 AM

The BBC' Spaghetti Harvest

This is probably the best April Fools joke of all time

The spaghetti tree hoax is a famous 3-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware that spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled."


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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:07 AM

1. Definitely One Of The Best

I remember when I was a kid they had a TV special on April Fools' Day and this was the highlight of the show.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:19 AM

2. thank you 4 posting---the classic

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:24 AM

3. You really have to admire the narrator.

I can't imagine how he got through that without cracking up.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 11:52 AM

4. The British accent is just so authoritative and convincing (nt)

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