Homegrown Spaghetti

The Food Section reminds us of the most hilarious food-related April Fools’ joke ever: a three-minute BBC segment aired in 1957 spotlighting the fictitious Swiss spaghetti harvest.

Presented on one of the most authoritative news programs in Britain, and narrated by highly respected broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, the dummied-up spaghetti video purports to show Swiss farmers bringing in a bumper crop of homegrown spaghetti.

According to the Museum of Hoaxes, “Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, ‘Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.’”

Well, it’s a better gag than Soy Bomb, anyway.

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