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7am Stumper 4-1-14

Not that you should be paranoid, but be careful today. That's because today is April Fools' Day, sort of an annual holiday for pranksters. No one really knows the origin of April Fools' Day, but we know there have been some doozies pulled on an unsuspecting public. One of the classics came courtesy, of all places, the BBC.

Which of the following April Fools' jokes came from the BBC?

1. new left-handed Whopper
2. Taco Bell to buy Liberty Bell
3. Spaghetti harvest

The answer is: 3. Spaghetti harvest

The left-handed Whopper, and a story that Taco Bell planned to buy the Liberty Bell were high profile April Fools' jokes, but the spaghetti gag put the BBC in rare company. On the British broadcaster's website, on April 1, 1957, it staged a fake documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland. It showed women pulling spaghetti from a tree and putting it in the sun to dry. Some viewers didn't think it was funny, and criticized the BBC for a fake program. However, some were fooled and actually contacted the BBC to see where they could buy a spaghetti bush. The website says this is believed to be one of the first times television was used to stage an April Fools' Day joke.

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