In 1957, BBC’s Panorama produced a fake report of a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from trees as an April Fool’s joke. As a result, hundreds of people called the station to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. Source
Another custom order and what has turned out to be one of my favorites so far. Stacey McGill of Austin, Texas requested “Bird get down”. Here is his explanation. Thanks Stacey!
My kid is not 2 yet. We were outside about a month ago under a big oak tree in my front yard and there was a bird on the ground about 3 feet from us. All of a sudden, the bird flew up and landed in the tree. My kid looked up at the bird and said, “Bird, get down.” This was her first sentence.
I also did a bit of a tribute to one of my favorites - Shel Silverstein - an (almost) all black and white version. I love them both!
The spaghetti tree hoax is a famous 3-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools’ Day 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware that spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.” (x)(x)
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.