One of the most famous April Fool's jokes published and participated by the media include:
The most funny and weird media hoaxes of all time was pulled out on 1957 by the BBC on 1st April. It is definitely one of the most popular practical deception of such magnitude that made audience believe the depth of the story staged perhaps for the first time by the electronic medium of television. It was a perfect example to be staged as successful and popular April Fool's Day gimmick.
What follows is the complete drama written by David Wheeler and narrated by Richard Dimbleby which the television viewers of Panorama heard. The original clip of the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax can be viewed on the BBC's website.
The entire show was broadcasted on the news program Panorama that conveyed there was a super-duper spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. Swiss farmers were happily rejoicing the bumper harvest thanks to the utterly favourable weather. Staged video footage displayed peasants happily plucking strands of pasta from tall trees. The act was so real and convincing that the TV viewers actually called the network and wanted to know how they can grow in the farm themselves. One of the viewers wanted to verify whether the spaghetti grew vertically, according to him; it should have grown horizontally on the trees. In another case a family called to check the possibilities of this viable growth, the husband believed it grew on some bush whereas the wife had the theory of spaghetti being made by wheat and flour. We of course know who was right – but both husband and wife were unable to convince each other. To the many hundreds of callers the BBC’s response was – "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."