April: BBC prank left in history

It is celebrated around the world and offered for lies and well-made pranks, with television often proving the perfect medium, as in its case . It has been exactly 67 years since the BBC, a April as of today in 1957, presented pasta crops in Switzerland. The prank caused a variety of reactions, the audience was divided, as were the newspapers of the time, about whether this was a nice joke or a terrible fraud for the public. We may also be talking about the first television primary prank before custom evolved in the 1970s and 1980s. “Macaroni grow on a tree” The most successful prank ever recorded in history may be that of the British television network BBC in 1957, which presented pasta crops in Switzerland. This prank may also be one of the first cases where television has shown its great influence on the world. Specifically that year the BBC featured a report in which a family in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland collected the pasta of the year that had grown on trees. The footage showed women pulling carefully spaghetti rows from the trees and spreading them into the sun to dry… The whole prank was orchestrated by presenter Richard Dimbleby, who addressed the British audience that was then not very common in the “exotic” delicacy, even convinced them that the end of March is a period of great stress for pasta growers throughout Europe, as cold can affect their taste. He also explained that every macaroni fiber always grows at the same length thanks to perennial work from generations and generations of growers. For many days after the prank, the BBC’s call center was “broken” by phone calls. The viewers were asking for advice on how to grow spaghetti! The BBC reportedly responded to them to “place a branch of spaghetti in a tomato sauce and hope for the best.” Broadcast reporter Michael Peacock recalls that the idea was kept secret before playing on the small screen. Among those misled was then the BBC General Manager, Sir Ian Jacob. Newspapers were divided over whether this was a big joke or a terrible fraud for the public. Many viewers did not see the funny side of the story and criticized the BBC for the show. But those who were tempted to find out where the fresh pasta can be bought. A few words about the custom of April Most historians estimate that the world custom of Aprillia has its roots in ancient Celts who used the April Fooling weather to be better off fishing. What if most of the time they came back empty-handed. Their fake stories about big fish were not over. Truth or lies… we’ll laugh at you. The second version wants the custom to have come from 16th century France. In the Middle Ages the French celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1, due to Easter. In 1560 or 1564 King Charles IX transferred the beginning of the year from 1 April to 1 January for his country to keep pace with other countries. This change, however, caused problems of an emotional nature, especially, to the people as it disrupted their organization of time. So those of the king’s subjects accepted the calendar change teased those who continued to observe the old New Year’s Eve (1 April), with little lies or making them fake New Year’s gifts. The custom of Aprilia traveled around the world. As for when he came to Greece, he was said to have existed since the Crusades. Every year and in Greece on April 1, we lie innocently to trick our candidate victim. In fact, many feel that anyone who manages to fool the other with his lies will have good luck while on the contrary the one who “screws it” will have bad luck. With the spread of the internet, the online pranks, the so-called “hoax” that have nothing to do with the well-meaning lies of Aprillia, began.

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