Celebrate #NationalSpaghettiDay with some great old video clips.

spaghetti

1955

Early TV advertising!

Hold up the product and extol its virtues.

1957

The spaghetti tree hoax

In a three minute report on April Fools’ Day 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama told the tale of a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the spaghetti tree.

At the time spaghetti wasn’t eaten a great deal in the UK and some viewers were unaware that spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. The BBC received hundreds of phone calls challenging the truth of the story or asking how to grow a spaghetti tree.

1958

Soho, London

If you can stick with it long enough, you’ll get to the spaghetti eating competition at Tolaini’s Restaurant.

1960

Holiday Camp, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

If you want to learn how to eat spaghetti gracefully, this video probably won’t help despite the assertions of the presenter. Filmed at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Clacton, the spaghetti race was clearly a big hit with the hi-de-hi campers one of whom bears a remarkable resemblance to Mr Bean.

1964

Kraft commercial

For unknown reasons the kids in this spaghetti commercial love their Kraft product.

1967

The Victorian Spag-Worm

Australian TV station HSV took the BBC Panorama hoax a bit further when they reported how Victorian spaghetti farms were being devastated by a deadly foreign intruder – the Spag-Worm!!

Dan Webb was a highly respected serious news reporter so his presence in the reportĀ  gave it instant credibility.

1978

San Giorgio Spaghetti

The company references the 1957 BBC hoax in its “Spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees” promotion.

2013

Martha Stewart

The business woman, writer and TV personality continues the spaghetti tree hoax and shows viewers how to harvest and store the fruit of her favourite plants.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate National Spaghetti Day,

I hope you have time to enjoy a plateful of what is reputedly the favourite food in the UK.

Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like to readĀ Everything you ever wanted to know about the spaghetti harvest

or check out my book of the day at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com/

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!

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