The day the BBC played a prank on April Fools’ Day – level 3


One of the most famous April Fools’ Day pranks was played by the BBC on April 1, 1957. They showed a short film about a family in Switzerland who harvested spaghetti from trees.

The film included footage of people picking spaghetti off trees, and a newsreader explaining that the mild winter had led to an abundant spaghetti harvest.

Many viewers were fooled by the film, and some even called the BBC to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti trees.

The spaghetti used in the film was actually purchased from a local store and hung on trees to create the illusion of a harvest.

The BBC later explained that the film was meant to be an amusing April Fools’ Day joke and apologized for any confusion it may have caused.

Difficult words: prank (a joke that gives people a surprise), harvest (to collect corn from the fields), abundant (many).

What other creative April Fools' Day pranks have been recorded in history?


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