My Favorite April Fool's Joke
Apr 01, 2013
Today is a day beloved by pranksters the world over. There have been some fine yarns spun over the years, but there are none I love better than the 1957 BBC report on spaghetti that concludes: "For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real home-grown spaghetti."
Come again? Home-grown?
The report was about the supposed "exceptionally heavy spaghetti harvest" that spring in Switzerland. BBC presenter Richard Dimbleby imagined a spaghetti crop bred for its uniformity and growing on bushes. The accompanying video footage showed farmhands picking strands of spaghetti off bushes and laying them out to dry in the Alpine sun.
Some viewers got the joke, but thousands of others were left confused by the possibility of a real pasta harvest. Some even called into the BBC to inquire where they could purchase their very own spaghetti bush. The report is now fondly remembered as one of the very first hoaxes played out on television and routinely appears on Top 10 lists.
What’s your favorite April Fool’s Day joke?