November 10 - The Spaghetti Tree

Have you ever fallen for a hoax?

Have you ever fallen for a hoax? A "hoax" is a trick, a fraud, a ruse or a practical joke played on the innocent with the intent to deceive. These hoaxes perpetrated in history are as varied as humanity...but can also show the shocking amounts of gullibility on the receiving end. How about the following?

On April Fools' Day (April first), 1957, the British Broadcasting Corporation pulled this tom-foolery on their news show, Panorama. News reporter, Richard Dimbleby, offered viewers a tour of a "spaghetti harvest" in Ticino, Switzerland. Dimbleby reported, "The last two weeks of March are an anxious time for the spaghetti farmer" as a video of a family was shown picking strips of pasta off their trees. He also added, "There's the chance of a late frost, which, while not entirely ruining the crop, generally impairs the flavor." This report then concluded, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like home-grown spaghetti!"

After this report was shown, the BBC was flooded with calls from people asking how and where they could also get a spaghetti tree. The BBC reportedly told each caller this simple message: "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best!"

We laugh at how gullible people can be. BUT an even more diabolical hoax has been perpetrated on humanity by the devil who tells us that there is no God, that there is no heaven or hell, that you can live like you want with no consequences. He talks about the pleasures of sin...but not the price of eternal damnation that all of us will pay...unless Jesus Christ has become our personal savior!

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:23-24).