Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Spaghetti Weevil

OK, I know I’m a day late, but please indulge this third (and final) post about pranks. The same site where I learned about San Serriffe (below) has a list of its all-time top 100 April Fool’s hoaxes. Number One is 1957's "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest":
The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.
Lucky for us -- unless this is its own April Fool’s joke -- the original footage exists on YouTube. Enjoy:


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