April Fools’ Day 1957: The Spaghetti Tree Hoax

I posted this a year ago, but I find it funny enough I’m posting it this April Fools’ Day too!

The Spaghetti Tree Hoax

On April Fools’ Day in 1957, the BBC ran a three-minute video on their programme Panorama, allegedly showing a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti.

At the time, many people in Britain didn’t know what spaghetti was made of, and so were easily convinced it grew on trees.

After running the hoax, the BBC was inundated with so many requests for advice on spaghetti trees that they had to release a statement to say it had only been a joke.

415711-the-swiss-spaghetti-harvest-custom-500x350-The spaghetti tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC

april-fool-s-image-1-257831439-1986235The spaghetti tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC

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