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March 31, 2017

The Original April 1, 1957 BBC Broadcast of the Spaghetti Tree Hoax

The BBC has always been known for its highly reputable broadcasts. So it hit that much harder when, in 1957, the BBC crafted a hilarious April Fool’s Day broadcast in which they showed a family in southern Switzerland reaping fresh noodles from the family spaghetti tree.

As unbelievable as it sounds now, spaghetti was, at the time, foreign to most UK residents, and many had no idea the delectable noodles were simply made of flour and water.

After the three-minute broadcast aired, the BBC was contacted by scores of viewers who wanted to know how to obtain or grow their own spaghetti tree. It was estimated that 8 million people watched the broadcast the day it aired, making it one of the most widespread famous hoaxes in broadcasting history.

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