Before the Internet, Ryan Air flights to Switzerland and Italian food chains infiltrating every mall food zone, there were mysteries of the world still to discover. And the BBC was the trusted source to bring that international news home to its viewers. So, on April 1, 1957, when a three-minute clip aired describing the early harvest of a bumper crop of spaghetti to an audience of eight million people, well, forgive the few fooled:

When viewers called in to ask how they could grow their own spaghetti trees, the BBC reportedly answered: ”Place a sprig of spaghetti in a can of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

(While I plan to report on the humor of the day, don’t worry. This will be one prank-free zone. Scars from my youth prevent me from participating in any hoaxes.)