As it’s April Fool’s Day, here’s a quick yonder at some of the stuff that was reported by the press, and so forth…
- Google News Reports on April Fool’s Day
- Guardian News Item about April 1st 2005
- Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time – This website never seems to be up and running, so here’s a cached version of the website.
I don’t know why, but everybody thinks that the famous Swiss Spaghetti Harvest was one of the best pranks ever done, I personally don’t think it was *that* good.
The story goes that in 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, and many called up wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC diplomatically replied that they should “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”