Friday, April 1, 2011

A Great April Fool's Joke

1957: BBC fools the nation
The BBC has received a mixed reaction to a spoof documentary broadcast this evening about spaghetti crops in Switzerland.

The hoax Panorama programme, narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest.

It showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry.

But some viewers failed to see the funny side of the broadcast and criticised the BBC for airing the item on what is supposed to be a serious factual programme.

Others, however, were so intrigued they wanted to find out where they could purchase their very own spaghetti bush.

Exotic delicacy

Spaghetti is not a widely-eaten food in the UK and is considered by many as an exotic delicacy.

Mr Dimbleby explained how each year the end of March is a very anxious time for Spaghetti harvesters all over Europe as severe frost can impair the flavour of the spaghetti.

He also explained how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length thanks to years of hard work by generations of growers.

This is believed to be one of the first times the medium of television has been used to stage an April Fools Day hoax.

Harvesting the spaghetti
The BBC received hundreds of calls from viewers wanting to buy spaghetti bushes.

Panorama's classic April Fool from 1957


Phiddy said...

Sorry everyone how this came out. I tried and tried to fix it but, this was the best I could do.
I hope you enjoy the silliness of it as I did.
Happy April Fool's day.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Very cute, Cita. Esp the fact that English do not eat spaghetti very often. Where on earth do you find this stuff ?~? Love your haircut too.

Phiddy said...

I was reading one of my blogs and the guy very briefly mentioned it. He had a link to it but, it was old and or, broken. It took me a well to research it and then finally found it with the video link to post it awkwardly on my blog. I thought it hilarious and wanted to share it with others.

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