Monday, April 02, 2007

Spaghetti tree - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spaghetti tree - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The spaghetti tree is a fictitious tree, a joke designed to fool those who do not know how spaghetti is produced.

The report that it is a product grown on trees was first produced as an April Fools' Day joke by the BBC TV programme Panorama in 1957, reporting on the bumper spaghetti harvest in Ticino, Switzerland due to the mild winter and 'virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.' The report was given additional gravitas by the voiceover by respected broadcaster Richard Dimbleby. Pasta was not an everyday food in 1950s Britain, and was known mainly from tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce. It was considered by many to be an exotic delicacy.[1] It was partly filmed at the (now closed) Pasta Foods factory on London Road, St Albans in Hertfordshire, and also at a hotel in Castiglione Switzerland."

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