From Earlier, More Trusting Times 3 April Fools’ Pranks
SWISS SPAGHETTI GROWERS ENJOY RECORD HARVEST Ah, to be as naive as we were during the early days of television. In 1957, a BBC news show called “Panorama” conducted a special report on a massive spaghetti harvest in Ticino, Switzerland, following a remarkably mild winter.
The black and white images showed farmers pulling huge strands of noodles off tall trees and prompted hundreds of viewers to call into the station and ask how they might procure their own spaghetti tree.
THOMAS EDISON’S AMAZING FOOD MACHINE When Edison was in his prime, Americans truly believed he could create anything— even a machine that transformed air, water, and dirt into biscuits, vegetables, meat, and wine, as reported by the New York Daily Graphic in 1878. The article was reprinted in newspapers across the country. Thousands of people bought the trick. When Buffalo’s Commercial Advertiser ran an editorial on Edison’s genius in the endeavor, the Graphic reprinted it in full, along with the headline,“They Bite!”
NIXON FOR PRESIDENT, 1992 When NPR’s popular “Talk of the Nation” program
announced in 1992 that former President Richard Nixon had announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, listeners were shocked. Never mind that he’d been the center of the largest presidential scam in history, but his campaign slogan,“I never did anything wrong, and I won’t do it again,” left something to be desired. NPR even brought political experts on the show to discuss the ramifications of such a move, and listeners flooded the station with outraged calls — until host John Hockenberry revealed that the on-air Nixon was actually comedian Rich Little.
Pasta With Turkey and Broccoli
This simple, delicious recipe only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. It’s also a great way to encourage kids to eat their broccoli. The next time you make pasta, leave the canned sauce in the pantry and make this instead!
Which French artist, famous for paintings like “The Dance” and “The Red Room,” also held a law degree?
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2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 pound pasta (shells or orecchiette)
1. The first correct answer wins a $25 gift card to Starbucks.
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2. All other submissions are entered for a drawing to win a second $25 gift card to Starbucks. 3. The funniest wrong answer will be chosen by Shannon and will also win a $25 gift card to Starbucks. All entries must be received by Shannon by 4/13/18 and the winners will be announced in our next monthly issue.
2 cups broccoli florets
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
while breaking up meat with a wooden spoon for 3–5 minutes. 3. Combine turkey with pasta
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli when pasta is 1 minute from done. Drain both and return to pot. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-
and broccoli mixture, adding the remaining olive oil as you stir. Serve in bowls topped with Parmesan cheese.
high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, crushed red pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook
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