April Fools: The Great Spaghetti Harvest of 1957

Ripe and ready for April Fool’s Day. Here’s a classic from 1957. The BBC ran a short documentary on spaghetti farming in Switzerland.

Fun quotes:

“Many of you I’m sure, will have see pictures of the vast Spaghetti plantations in the Poe Valley”

“… another reason why this may be a bumper year, lies in the virtual disappearance of the Spaghetti Weavel(?) …”

More after the jump, with viewer reaction.

As you’d expect, some people were upset, others loved it. Best of all though, the BBC got letters and calls from spaghetti lovers and British botanists asking where they could buy their own spaghetti bushes! Apparently, spaghetti was a rare delicacy across the pond, which allows for more gullibility.

This is one of the first documented instances of Broadcast TV being used to perpetrate an April Fool’s Day prank. Who knew the BBC had it in them?

Another quote:

“After picking the spaghetti is laid out to dry in the warm alpine sun.”

Pasta plants for all I say.

BBC Link And here’s a compilation on other BBC hoaxes over the years.

BONUS: Last year the BBC did a piece on flying penguins – actually looks pretty real.

2 Responses to “April Fools: The Great Spaghetti Harvest of 1957”

  1. skippymorales Says:


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