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Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
The Australian Spaghetti Harvest
Many thanks to Chris Keating, who has not only uncovered the long-lost Australian tribute to the BBC's Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax, but has posted it on youtube. The date when this was broadcast is still uncertain. Seems to have been in the early to mid-1960s. It aired on Melbourne station HSV-7. The presenter is Dan Webb.

Whereas the BBC's original broadcast described the bumper spaghetti crop that the Swiss were enjoying, the Australian version develops the story further by telling the story of a group of Sicilian farmers who were brought to Australia in the hope of developing the Australian spaghetti industry. Everything went well until their crop was blighted by the dreaded "spag worm":

This year, for the first time, the spaghetti crop has failed. Hundreds of tons of spaghetti hangs ruined on the palermo vines. The reason is a long, needle-like organism called Troglodytes pasta. or spag worm. This seemingly harmless creature does untold damage to the spaghetti vine.


Categories: April Fools Day, Food
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 16, 2009
Comments (4)
This is brilliant... LOL
Posted by Canadarm  on  Mon Feb 16, 2009  at  12:10 PM
I'm getting a "no longer available" error.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Tue Feb 17, 2009  at  07:30 AM
When I was a youngster, I saw this (or a redone version of it) on Jack Paar. Funniest thing I ever saw up to then. A night or two later, Paar 'fessed up' that it was a 'hoax'. He admitted that spaghetti wasn't harvested - it was mined! He then ran a brief clip showing spaghetti miners. Too too funny. Thanks for the memory.
Posted by RichmondTom  on  Wed Feb 18, 2009  at  09:38 AM
i think it is amazing. most of the people are like this.
Posted by Tom Nathan  in  2 Bond St, Perth, WA, 6005, Australia  on  Wed Nov 24, 2010  at  07:21 AM
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