The Spaghetti Tree
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BBC April Fool's Hoax in 1957




Grows spaghetti from its branches every April Fool's Day


Spaghetti disappears on April 2nd. Pasta makes consumers slightly giggly.


Self activates on April 1st

Collected by

Jack Secord and Rebecca St. Clair



Date of Collection

April 1st, 1958


Origin[edit | edit source]

On April 1st, 1957 the British Broadcasting Corporation produced a three minute hoax news story about a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from their spaghetti tree. Spaghetti was relatively unknown in Britain, as most Brit's experience with spaghetti was limited to the canned form that came with its own tomato sauce. The next day the BBC received hundreds of phone calls about the cultivation of spaghetti trees.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Every April 1st the tree sprouts steaming hot pasta, making April Fool's Day "spaghetti day" over at the B and B. The spaghetti remains fresh and hot throughout the day, but the second that midnight hits all of the uneaten pasta will disappear. Those that consume the spaghetti find themselves in a giddy, light-hearted mood. While making sauce, Leena often said that she appreciated the tree's "laughing aura".

Collection[edit | edit source]

One year after the famous BBC prank, the tree used in the hoax grew actual spaghetti! Jack and Rebecca were originally skeptical of the retrieval mission, believing it to be a practical joke from their boss. He quickly proved to them that he had no sense of humor, and sent them to Switzerland on the rockiest, bumpiest, most over-crowded plane trip he could find.

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