On April 1, 1957, the BBC program Panorama broadcast a three-minute report on the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. At that time, spaghetti was a relatively unknown food in Britain and many of the estimated 8 million viewers were quite happy to believe the report. After all, the BBC never fibs.
As you will see, it was quite a compelling, professional and convincing production. I remember seeing the report on the Jack Paar Tonight Show around 1960. And yes, I did ask my parents if it was true.
Here for your enjoyment is what some have called the greatest April Fools' joke of all time:
I wonder how climate change has affected the spaghetti harvest lately?