Sunday, 1 April 2012

The story of the Spaghetti tree.............Storytelling Sunday.

Good Morning everyone and welcome to April's episode of Storytelling Sunday. This event is brought to you in coordination with Sian. On the first Sunday of each month we all tell stories across the world and link together so can you read them.

 As a young girl, I remember Blue Peter covering the story, and I think Newsround which is the BBC's children's news show. The story was about a family harvesting their crop of spaghetti from the trees on their farm. Panorama ran a documentary about the family and followed them through the harvesting process and how the spaghetti went to market. Given  that this story was one huge April Fool's hoax, and ran in 1957, it is still regarded as one of the greatest hoaxes of all time. The docu-spoof can be viewed here..........

A short but sweet post from a sickly and coughing blogger.


  1. Oh thanks for reminding me of that I remember when that went live way back then and it really did stick in my mind at the time as one of the best April fool jokes

  2. Aww... I'm sorry you are poorly - hope you're much better soon. XX

    I remember the Spaghetti Tree hoax too. In fact, whenever anyone says "April Fool", I always have a mental picture of the spaghetti tree - even though it was well before I was born. I have seen stories about that hoax on the TV - Blue Peter did an article once, about their various April Fool jokes and this was included.
    Do you also remember the Panda Eggs?

  3. Ah yes - I remember this one (though it was just before my time) - the greatest example of an April Hoax ever! Going to look up Panda Eggs now thanks to Lizzie!

  4. Great I never heard about this - I can imagine how shocked you were!

  5. I remember that story as well ~ didn't it get a mention on Nationwide?

  6. Ooh, what a brilliant memory that is! You are right - it was a big story back then and well worth having a giggle over today too. Thanks for stirring up the old memory..

    ..and I hope you feel better soon

  7. I remember my Dad roaring with laughter. I was amazed because Panorama was not a funny programme - and Richard Dimbleby was not known for his humorous chat. Goodness me that was a long time ago!!

  8. I remember being told about it - well before my time but dredged up when people talk about famous April Fools. Hope you feel better soon!

  9. Was it that long ago??? Funny - I thought I actually remember it being on TV - it must have been in April Fool's round ups!!!
    Funnily enough Dad and I were telling DD about it recently - I'll have to show her the clip.
    Hope you're feeling better soon.

  10. Even though this story happened the year before I was born, it must have been shown on tv many times since as I can see it so clearly. It's strange how some stories can really trick people. Thanks for reminding us of this one!

  11. Well, this is "news" to me. What a wonderful thing for you to share with us - they made quite a wonderful spoof even explaining away my initial question of why they weren't in Italy. Thanks for adding a little fun to my day. Rest up and feel better!

  12. Great story - news to me, as well.

  13. haha I love this stoty :)
    I laughed so hard!

  14. Oh, what a brilliant rouse! Love your story!

  15. Never heard of this. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I remember this too! It was at a time when spaghetti was still a rarity, or only turned up in tins... great reminder, thank-you!

  17. someone at work was telling me about this the other day, great april fool's joke. Get well soon xxx

  18. Sorry that you are poorly, hope by now you will be feeling better. I remember this as well! yes it was brilliant wasn't it, thanks for the memory & the link to the clip, an exotic delicacy, how funny that sounds now.

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