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On this fine April 1st I’d like to bring back one of my favourite April Fools jokes ever broadcast on national television: the BBC’s Spaghetti Harvest news article from 1957 [x]

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Pasta Production 1925 - 1955 | Via

Pasta, the most famous staple of Italian cuisine, was first recorded in Sicily in the 12th century, a few centuries after Arab invaders brought a dried, noodle-like dish to the island.

Mainly made with durum wheat and eggs or water, pasta (from the Latin for “dough”) was for many centuries a food reserved for the rich and privileged. It was not until the 18th century that industrialized production made it a cheap staple food for large numbers of Italians.

Soft and pliable pasta dough is shaped into hundreds of different forms, from the simple strands and sheets of spaghetti and lasagna to bowties, seashells, wagon wheels and bicycles.

With massive Italian immigration to America at the beginning of the 20th century, pasta’s popularity grew and it became known as Italy’s national dish.

But even as late as 1957, many people outside of Italy had no clue how it was made. On April Fool’s Day of that year, the BBC aired a story on Italians enjoying a bumper harvest of spaghetti due to a decline in the “spaghetti weevil.” The program showed Italian and Swiss families cheerfully picking long strands of spaghetti from “spaghetti trees,” and led many viewers to call in, curious about how they could plant their own.

These photos from 20th century pasta factories show the actual process by which the dough is squeezed, shaped, cut and dried on its way to the dinner table.

England, Middle Ages,  year 1981

Cowboy sad: I’m leaving you, honey. A no good rustler of a cowboy don’t deserve a precious Victorian beauty like yourself! Forget me! Go back to the Amazon and marry a nobleman who deserves you!

Daria: No, don’t you DARE speak of yourself that way! I love you, Cowboy! I am willing to give up everything for you! Everything! The mansion by the side of the Amazon River, my farm where we harvest spaghetti from trees, everything!

Cowboy: You’d give all that up to live here…in medieval England…among the dread of the Black Plague…for me? Little ole me? I don’t deserve you, Daria! Can’t you see that! I’m going back to New York City!

Daria: Then take me with you!

Cowboy: You’d never survive herding cattle in Central Park! You’re too delicate, woman! All you know is the safe comfort of the Amazon jungle, an easy privileged Victorian  life! Don’t be so stubborn!

Daria: Then…have your way with me…as a parting gift, Cowboy! Make me YOURS!  I know you know how to POKE!

Cowboy: Us cowboys are known for poking! Well, if you insist…I’ll make you mine…forever!

Daria gasps: Forever? You…you…will give up cattle herding on 5th Avenue for me?

Cowboy: Yes, since you’re giving up your mansion in the Amazon and your spaghetti farm for me! I love you, my lady Daria! Now…let’s get to the poking!

Daria: Oh, YES!!!!


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This is an image from the BBC programme Panorama, which used its position as a news program to trick its viewers into believing that there were trees in Switzerland that grew spaghetti. It was an April Fools Day prank but it was identically to any other real BBC news footage. A direct lineage from this sort of form-based prank can be traced from this to the video of human-bird wings we watched in class today.

If anyone could pull off a secret ep, a fake cover up show, interrupting the news, even getting all of (I can’t spell it but that ad screen in London) it would be the BBC. If this was about channel 4 or even ITV I’d say no way in hell. But come on you think if the BBC asked if they could borrow the big screen thing anyone’s gonna say no you can’t? The channel that made everyone believe spaghetti grew on trees and Shakespeare was French for giggles? There’s a lot more but I won’t list them all. If they wanted to simply put up the name for a fake should they could. If they wanted to have Moriarty break the forth wall they could. It’s not a question of whether they can do it it’s weather they will.