A blast from the past:
Happy April Fools’ Day, everyone! Although plenty of great hoaxes have been played throughout the years, this one still holds its number one spot for the most famous and most popular April Fools’ Day hoaxes of all-time.
Back in 1957, the BBC broadcasted a short clip about “pasta farmers” in Switzerland harvesting a bumper crop of spaghetti. It featured a short video of a Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti off of some trees.
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax produced a huge response. Hundreds of people contacted the station to figure out how to start growing their own spaghetti crops. The BBC responded to these queries by telling people to “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
To date, this broadcast remains one of the most famous April Fool’s Day hoaxes of all time. It also thought to be the first time television was used to stage a hoax. April Fools’ is a fun day for everyone, but it’s also a day when you’ll have to pay attention. You don’t want to be the next April Fool!
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