Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools...

The spaghetti tree hoax is a famous 3-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama. It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the fictitious spaghetti tree, broadcast at a time when this Italian dish was not widely eaten in the UK and some Britons were unaware spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. Hundreds of viewers phoned into the BBC, either to say the story was not true, or wondering about it, with some even asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees. Decades later CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.

On this day, I can't help recalling my favorite prank pulled off by myself and a few co-workers when I was a young woman, working at a Computer Company.  It was a very small company that had 2 rooms.  One was the front offices, for the President, Vice President and Secretary.  Right outside those rooms with doors were cubicles for the engineers. The second room in the back was for the people who built the computers, which is where I worked.  We assembled the entire computers in that room.  The engineers would come back occasionally to see how we were doing and to test some of the circuit boards themselves.  Back in the 70's smoking was still acceptable in the workplace.  There were just 4 of us that built the computers, and we decided to choose the engineer that was visiting our area to test, at the time.  He was a fairly serious sort of man and somewhat gullible at times....a perfect target for April Fools Day.  One of my co-workers found a plastic tubing to run from his work area to the testing area where the engineer would put his board.  Our plan was to blow smoke through the tube when he turned the testing device on and make him think it had shorted out or something.  We anticipated all morning...when will he come back we have everything in he comes!  Get ready..... !!  We went through several failed attempts to "get ready" to make it happen, because he either came back to get coffee or look for something and then walk away.  Finally....he brings the board over to test.  My co-worker lit his cigarette and blew the smoke through, at the same moment he started testing.  He jumped back and started cussing.......WHAT THE BLANKITY BLANK.....and stood there scratching his head and looking really puzzled.  We all tried to stifle our laughs until we couldn't take it anymore, and told him.... "APRIL FOOLS".  He forgave us and had a little chuckle himself.  I think that was the only prank I  was ever involved in.  I never really liked the ones in school where they put notes on everyone's back like "kick me"., etc.   So immature.  For my  age, I am still very immature....oh well...


The Bug said...

I remember one year when my dad turned all of the clocks in the house ahead. I was NOT amused that I was ready for school an hour early LOL. And my mom told us she was pregnant when we were in high school. She was the worst - always coming up with something that might be halfway believable.

Sandy said...

That prank had me laughing. Luckily your coworker wasn't real anti smoking like the whole world is now a days, haha.

I had never heard about the spaghetti tree.

Happy Foolish day!

Renie Burghardt said...

Haha, that was a good prank, Brenda! I never pulled a real prank, just would usually say something stupid no one ever fell for.

Happy Fools Day. Well, it's just about over anyway. But April 1st fooled everyone with summer weather. We got to 83 today!



Winifred said...

Nice he took the joke so well.

The BBC have a bit of a reputation for April Fools Day hoaxes. They did one in 2008 with a video of the discovery of flying penguins in the Antarctic migrating to a warmer climate. It was great.

Happy Easter Brenda.

bettyjf1 said...

That's a great story Brenda! My daughter was born on Aril fools day.

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