April Fool!

This has got to be the Mother of all April Foolings ... a report on the spaghetti harvest in the Swiss Ticino (the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland) shown on BBC Television's current affairs programme 'Panorama' on April 1st 1957.

It fooled a lot of people - myself included (mind you, I was only 11 at the time).

Don't you love the plummy voice of Richard Dimbleby, prominent political commentator of his day?

There are more details about this beautiful joke, and how it was created, on the Museum of Hoaxes website. Amazingly, it was all done on a budget of £100.

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