Back in April 1957, the BBC managed to achieve what was later described as the biggest spaghetti tree hoax any news establishment has ever managed to successfully pull off.
On April Fools’ Day 1957, the BBC broadcast a short hoax report showing that spaghetti was grown on trees. The three minute long broadcast showed a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from a “spaghetti tree”. Since spaghetti was almost unknown in the UK during the 1950s, lots of people believed it. Not only that, but they called the BBC to ask how to grow the spaghetti tree themselves! The unfortunate Brits fell for the trap as they saw the dish as some sort of exotic meal.
Around 8 million people allegedly watched the broadcasted hoax on the 1st of April that year and the next day the BBC’s lines started ringing like crazy!