BBC News -The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

Yes. Spaghetti trees in Switzerland. Hard to beat that.
1957: BBC fools the nation

The BBC has received a mixed reaction to a spoof documentary broadcast this evening about spaghetti crops in Switzerland.The hoax Panorama programme, narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest…

Mr Dimbleby explained how each year the end of March is a very anxious time for Spaghetti harvesters all over Europe as severe frost can impair the flavour of the spaghetti.

He also explained how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length thanks to years of hard work by generations of growers.

This is believed to be one of the first times the medium of television has been used to stage an April Fools Day hoax. (BBC news)

My April Fool’s Eventancient danger small1

Call me a fool, but I’m launching three female spy stories

on April 1st, The Mata Hari Series.




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About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

8 thoughts on “BBC News -The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest”

    1. Hi Pat
      I was worried people might think that. I retired on April 1st too. It worked well for the accounting department, but my students wouldn’t believe that I was going. “You’re just teasing us,” they said. Their voices still echo in my mind.
      But… I really am going to launch.
      Thanks for cheering me on.


  1. Of course, you’re going to launch, Jo-Ann! I love that you’re doing it on April 1. Besides it was a great incentive for me to get mine out ahead so we didn’t bump heads or maybe spines. LOL Looking forward to reading your book(s). Seems like forever to me. Must seem even longer to you. Proud of you, lady.

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    1. Hi Marsha
      Congrats on launching today. I’m so excited for you.
      And thank you for all your kind words. Writing buddies rock.


    1. Hi Judy
      I couldn’t believe it when I read about it. But as they explain further in the article spaghetti was considered exotic in England in those days. How quickly we change.
      Thanks for stopping by and being so encouraging.

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