The Spaghetti Harvest Video

It wouldn’t really be April Fools Day without the 1957 Spaghetti Harvest video.

I first saw this on American TV when I was around 12 years old (several years after it first aired!) and it really made me think about accuracy, authenticity and the media. Although I knew spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees and was watching this on a program that presented it as a hilarious hoax, I was surprised at how plausible the story seemed when you listen to that authoritative BBC voice, accompanied by scenes of spaghetti fluttering gently from the trees, and workers carefully picking it and draping it over their arms.

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