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March 30, 2007

The Spaghetti Harvest

Everyone ready for the Sunday newspapers?

"The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest."    

According to Boese, the BBC news show "Panorama" announced in 1957 that a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil caused Swiss farmers to enjoy a bumper spaghetti crop.

    The show displayed footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees.

The British, coming through World War II rationing and never known for their refined palate, called up wanting to know how to grow spaghetti trees.


Also on the worst hoaxes list was a 1962 report by the only television station in Sweden that viewers could convert to color TV by pulling a nylon stocking over their TV screen. Hundreds of thousands of people were taken in.


Then there was the case of Sidd Finch, the make-believe pitcher who wanted to play for the Mets, according to a famous April 1985 Sports Illustrated story by George Plimpton.    

The magazine said Finch threw a baseball faster than anyone in the game and had mastered the "art of the pitch" in a Tibetan monastery under the guidance of the "great poet-saint Lama Milaraspa."

So, the grand question for this year is, will anyone pull one good enough to get into the Museum of Hoaxes?

March 30, 2007 in Clever Scams | Permalink


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