Monday, April 2, 2012

You Phools!

News Flash: Still gullible after all these years

The all-time best news media April Fools Day spoof has got to be this from the staid BBC in 1957, reporting on a bumper spaghetti tree crop in the Alps:

“The BBC has received a mixed reaction to a spoof documentary broadcast this evening about spaghetti crops in Switzerland.

“The hoax Panorama programme, narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest.

“It showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry.

“But some viewers failed to see the funny side of the broadcast and criticised the BBC for airing the item on what is supposed to be a serious factual programme.

“Others, however, were so intrigued they wanted to find out where they could purchase their very own spaghetti bush.

“Spaghetti is not a widely-eaten food in the UK and is considered by many as an exotic delicacy.”

—The BBC online, “1957: BBC fools the nation,”
April 1, 2012 (and 1957) Story and priceless 1957 video clip

More Phoollishness
• National Public Radio: Philadelphia’s First-in-the-Nation Txting-Only Walking Lane
• No Sense of Humor: Forbes blogger post on Romney quitting GOP race briefly tops Google News, is immediately pulled.
• Google launches 8-bit Google Maps for Ninendo.
• Across the Pond: Sky News reports on British humour.

• Editorial Comment: Not Phunny: It snowed here on April 1.

Mr. Dooley: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Dr. Ink (Roy Peter Clark), who rejects Mr. Dooley’s (Finley Peter Dunne) journalistic adage about afflicting the comfortable? Click here.

• Relocation: The JCOM faculty are now baffled by stacks of boxes as we complete our move from the venerable old Animal Science Building to swanky new offices in the new Ag Building on the USU Quad.

• HELP WANTED: New Faculty for Fall 2012! The JCOM Department at Utah State is taking applications for a multimedia instructor, teaching our new required multimedia class and assisting with the Aggie TV newscast classes. For full position description, click here.

News from our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café
Hard News Café Weekly News Digest—April 2, 2012
Breaking Aggie TV News for March 28, 2012
Corey Cozzens sweeps top 3 awards at Spice on Ice competition, by Steve Kent
Nibley clarifies electronic sign ordinance; Petersen’s sign survives, by Tmera Bradley
Cherry Peak ski area permit upheld by Board of Adjustments
, by Josh Ruggles
Hyde Parkers will always get top priority for park use, mayor says, by Shannon McCleve
The Brady Jardine Story, on KUTV2’ Talkin’ Sports, by ATV Sports’ Bailey McMurdie
City Council votes to expand River Heights with annexation, by Sean O’Sullivan
The Aggie TV News Team Cache Rendezvous (March 21 edition). Bookmark ATV News
Cat dies in RV park fire; trailer renter charged with arson, by Mary Stocking
DEADLINE EXTENDED to APRIL 9: JCOM Scholarships for 2012-13.

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Catalog here

Spring’s coming....


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