Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest

I started the day reading on Facebook that an ex-UKIP MP had defected to the Labour Party.

Three “Never”s and one “Would you believe it?” was quickly followed by “April Fool”. Good spoof!

Which set me thinking about the famous spaghetti harvest April Fool’s joke.

I remembered the spaghetti harvest on a BBC news magazine show, “Tonight”, but in fact it was on “Panorama”. And I thought the spoof was narrated by “Tonight” host Cliff Michelmore when it was actually fronted up by the voice of Britain, Richard Dimbleby.

Funny what tricks memory plays!

The spaghetti harvest was a 1957 phenomena and you can read all about it at The Museum of Hoaxes.

The story behind the hoax is hilarious – almost as good as the joke itself. And the BBC was still fielding calls about the spoof weeks later.

I’m sure there’ll be some good April’s Fools around today. I thought this was a spoof when I read it but it’s actually got a website…….

Have a great weekend!