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]


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.

mycroftmoriarty  asked:

we all know that spaghetti grows on trees, but where does pasta grow? It there a different type of plant or each pasta? I mean sooo many, Lasagne, Ribbon pastaSpaghettiStrand pastaMacaroniTubular pastaCannelloniTubular pastaRavioliStuffed pastaSpätzleShaped pastaTortelliniStuffed pastaTagliatelleRibbon pastaFettuccineRibbon pastaRigatoniTubular pastaLinguineRibbon pastaPenneTubular pastaPappardelleRibbon pastaPelmeniStuffed pastaVermicelliStrand


Very basic stuff about Chocolate for new followers

Chocolate is a seven year old bigender kid, however he is more boy than girl therefore he prefers the pronoun him.

he wears a sky blue hoodie similar to Vanellope’s, brownie flavored pants and hot cocoa themed shoes, sometimes he wears skirt instead of pants, and he has more than one cloth,  he also adores his white Chocolate flavored wristbands, his hair is extremelly soft yet pointy at the same time and his eyes are a deep blue, but they change in color depending on his emotions (virus influence)

his likes include, pancakes, spaghetti, candy tree climbing, annoying others, making himself look and sound big (even though he’s barelly over 2 feet tall) painting and singing, he likes to sneak around and throw gumdrops at other people’s heads and running away afterwards proving he’s a troublemaker, he is very quirky and sleeps with a pancake hugged to his chest everynight, he can’t go anywhere without it and he even gave the sweet a name.

he dislikes Bullying, loneliness, arrogant big kids, mean spirits robots and vegetables

depending on his mood he can be either the sweetest thing ever or a total grumpy pants,  most of the times both things mix, but his heart is on the right place and he feels very strongly

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.