April Fool’s Day: Spaghetti harvests and a pillow over my head

So far this morning I have read that WestJet is converting to metric time, that from now on the high vocal parts in the choir at King’s College Cambridge will be performed by altos breathing helium, and that an independent Scotland would switch to driving on the right.

I’m a gullible person. When someone says something with a straight face, I believe it. When organizations go to the trouble of creating videos and explanatory graphics about a topic, I take them in with great interest.

When I figure out I’ve been duped, I want to retreat to my room and put a pillow over my head. 

My friend, Chris, sent me a video link this morning about a BBC April Fool’s prank. In 1957, the BBC produced a very serious piece about the annual spaghetti harvest. I don’t know about you, but when I see anything on BBC, I tend to believe it, and in 1957, lots of people did just that—even then-BBC Director General, Sir Ian Jacob.

“The reaction to the film was huge. Newspapers were split over whether this was a great joke or a terrible hoax on the public.”

That’s what I wonder about April Fool’s Day: A great joke? Or a great hoax? 

If you need me, I’ll be lying down with a pillow over my head.

The BBC link: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26723188

The King’s College Cambridge Choir video:

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