Best April Fools Hoax ever
And here is the April Fools joke that has passed as the best April Fools joke.
It was made in 1957 when British Television Programme Panorama who reported that Spaghetti grew on trees and that became one of the most famous and popular April Fools hoaxes ever. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fools Day hoax.
The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil. The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the shows highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, For those who love this dish, theres nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. 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.
Since 1955 Panorama had been anchored by Richard Dimbleby, whose authoritative, commanding presence had made him one of the most revered public figures in Britain. If Dimbleby said it, people trusted that it was true. Which is one of the reasons why the spaghetti harvest hoax fooled so many viewers. His participation lent the hoax an air of unimpeachable authority.
Almost no one else at the BBC knew about it. The segment was not mentioned at all in the pre-transmission publicity handouts.