Friday August 14, 2020

Five great April Fool's hoaxes

Spaghetti trees, islands shaped like semi-colons and a nude scene on Glenroe: media outlets have had lots of fun on April Fool's Day over the years.

29th March, 2012
Map of San Seriffe: islands shaped like semi-colons.

As April 1st approaches, here's our pick of the five best-ever April Fool's Day hoaxes:

* **The spaghetti tree**

The original and still the best media hoax. In 1957, the BBC broadcast a Panorama special about spaghetti crops in Switzerland. Narrated by broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, the programme featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out the annual spaghetti harvest. Each strand, Dimbleby said, had been carefully grown so that all were the correct length.

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