On April 1st, 1957, the BBC aired a current affairs show called Panorama. In the show, they told the
fantastical story about a family in Switzerland, who were harvesting spaghetti from a tree. Sounds legit, right? Before we explain further, watch the original segment below.
Though you modern human geniuses probably shrugged it off as an April Fool's Day joke after the first 30 seconds, at the time, UK residents were fooled. Spaghetti wasn't a popular dish in the county yet, so many Brits assumed it was just a weird tree that they'd never heard of. Apparently, hundreds of viewers called the station to inquire about how to grow their own spaghetti tree. Now, this hilarious prank is known as one of the biggest, most successful scams in broadcast history. Still, we kind of wish that spaghetti tree were real - dinner would be so much more fun.