View Full Version : If you love Italian spagetti...

19-04-06, 12:25
...here is some Spring news about this year's spagetti -situation, sent to me in the beginning of this month - click here (http://delphi.eget.net/bilder/spagetti.ram)

The short newsflash is a Real Audio audio/video snipplet.


Jaska Sarell
20-04-06, 22:25
I sent the link to my in-law relative in Yorkshire. His reply:
Yes, I remember this one Jaska. An April Fool's Day joke by the BBC. Many people took it completely seriously at the time. People were even asking where they could buy these spaghetti trees.

:) Jaska

21-04-06, 08:13
Another one which was taken seriously was back in the 1960's. It had to be somewhere around 1960-63 I think. The first black and white televisions had been installed into the homes back in Kronoby. We had no other programs than Fred Flintstone at noon as a test program from Finland's television- but programs from Sweden's television channel 1 could be seen.

The Swedish television used to have quite good April fools jokes. One joke was that you could transform an ordinary black and white television into a colour one by applying a woman's nylon stocking over the screen. Sounds foolish enough - but I remember hearing of several trying to find a suitable stocking to use...

Actually I found a note about the thing on the net:
In 1962 there was only one tv channel in Sweden, and it broadcast in black and white. The station's technical expert, Kjell Stensson, appeared on the news to announce that thanks to a newly developed technology, all viewers could now quickly and easily convert their existing sets to display color reception. All they had to do was pull a nylon stocking over their tv screen, and they would begin to see their favorite shows in color. Stensson then proceeded to demonstrate the process. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of people, out of the population of seven million, were taken in. Actual color tv transmission only commenced in Sweden on April 1, 1970.

21-04-06, 08:50
I remember from the same period there were ads about a coloured celluloid sheet that you could apply on the tv screen to get colour-tv. This was no joke but a hoax, that many fell into