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Which food was reported in an April Fool’s hoax to supposedly grow on trees?

A. Spaghetti

B. Mushrooms

C. Rice

D. Turnips

A.

The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute prank report which aired on April Fools’ Day in 1957 on the BBC current-affairs program Panorama. The broadcast showed a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family “spaghetti tree”. At the time spaghetti was relatively unknown in the U.K. The BBC told viewers they could grow their own spaghetti trees by “placing a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hoping for the best”. An estimated 8 million people watched the program and hundreds phoned in to question the authenticity of the story or to ask for more information about how they could grow their own.

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