BBC – Best April Fools Day Prankster

1 04 2010

1st April is celebrated as April Fools Day or All Fools Day around the World every year. People around the world play practical jokes and do mischief with their friends, family members, neighbors as well as their enemies. Although, the jokes last whole day, in some countries like the UK and Australia the pranks should only last till noon and if someone tries to trick after 12:00PM, he or she will be tagged “April Fool” instead.

The origin of this day is not very clear but the tradition of practical joking and mischief particularly on this day dates back to the ancient Roman times and seems to be closely related to the arrival of Spring.

On 1st April 1957, BBC broadcasted a programme ‘Panorama’ hosted by distinguished BBC broadcaster ‘Richard Dimbleby’ reporting the tradition of annual “Spaghetti Harvest” being carried out by a family in Ticino, Switzerland. It showed women from the region carefully plucking strands of Spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry.

Spaghetti – is not a widely eaten food in the UK and is also considered by many as a delicacy. Thus, a lot of viewers of the programme actually contacted the BBC UK office to query from where they could buy their own Spaghetti bush. A lot of people failed to see the funny side of the report and criticized the BBC for airing such a hoax report on what was generally a factual and serious programme.

This was one of the first time the Television medium was used to stage an April Fools day prank and is also considered to be the best of it’s kind ever.

BBC Spaghetti Harvest – 1st April 1957

On 1st April 2008, BBC played another very interesting prank by reporting the discovery of a colony of flying Penguins. An elaborate video segment showed these newly discovered Penguins flying from Antarctica and following their flight to the Amazon rainforest.

BBC Flying Penguins Prank – 1st April 2008

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