The News Segment That Convinced Thousands That Spaghetti Grows on Trees

By August 9, 2018 Rabbit Hole

As of lately, there has been quite the fuss about fake news, and many focus on it in such a manner that you would believe that ‘fake news’ is actually something new. However, if you look back throughout the ages, it becomes quite clear that the media has been lying for some time, and even gone as far as to convince thousands of people that spaghetti grows on trees.

While it might sound a bit outrageous, the BBC let out a video many years ago that had people thinking pasta really did grow on trees. After viewing plenty of people were actually calling in trying to find out where they could buy their own spaghetti tree. This aired back in 1957 and was easily one of the greatest jokes of all time. They aired a mere three-minute video that had everyone shocked and confused.

In this video, you can see farmers ‘harvesting’ spaghetti noodles.  The farmers were working in pairs to remove the noodles from branches and allow them to sit in the sun to dry. Could you imagine seeing this on the news?

Quite convincing now, wasn’t it? With host Jonathan Dimbleby adding to the authenticity it really does look quite real. According to History Channel, the segment was so convincing it even fooled the BBC’s director general at the time who retold the story as part of de Jaeger’s obituary when he passed in 2000. That being said, it did piss off a lot of people. Wouldn’t you be mad to find out that that awesome spaghetti tree you had been fawning over didn’t actually exist?

The BBC actually still has a page on BBC nature devoted to the spaghetti tree. Yes, they decided it was so funny they should ensure the joke lives on. There is no denying the huge inside joke that the spaghetti tree is at this point.

Their website writes as follows in regards to the spaghetti tree and its importance:

Spaghetti trees are an important commercial crop plant and well-known example of where money almost literally grows on trees. Although they can be grown worldwide, the best quality and flavor comes from the mountainous Alpine regions of Switzerland and Italy. In the 1950s, after many years of dedicated breeding, the Alpine farmers enjoyed a spaghetti heyday, producing pasta of perfectly uniform size and taste. They had also all but eradicated the spaghetti weevil that had such a devastating effect on the crop in other areas.

What do you think about this? Would you have been fooled? I for one think it is slightly terrifying but still laughable.

(Image BBC)

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