Thursday, April 01, 2010

April Fools’ Hoaxes

We’ve been busy, and thus haven’t had time for our own April Fools’ Day hoax, so we’ll just point readers to a site that records some of the best throughout history. Here is one:
1957: 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. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”


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