Back when BBC Panorama reported on science

Posted: April 1, 2014 by tchannon in Education, trees

From the Nature Wildlife web pages at the BBC there is natural history.


Image Wikipedia and BBC

Scientific name: Spagosus pastara (not the young lady you understand)

This was first brought to light in 1957.

BBC Nature Wildlife
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Post by Tim

  1. gallopingcamel says:

    That was a fantastic “April Fool” back in the days when the Beeb did not take itself too seriously.

    This is a big day for me. My wife and I are celebrating our 30th year as “April Fools”. Long may it continue!

  2. tallbloke says:

    Congrats Peter: Treating the wife to something with a carbonara sauce tonight?

  3. Richard111 says:

    🙂 My wife is a keen gardener. She would like some seeds. Especially in view of the forthcoming Mediterranean climate,

  4. Joe Public says:

    It’s sad that nowadays, Aunty’s Sci/Env spoofs successfully convince many of their own staff.

    It’s almost as though candidates for that department have to have the title of that Monkees’ hit on their CV. …….

    “I’m a believer”

  5. ren says:

    It will not spring over the Great Lakes ?

  6. vukcevic says:

    Hi all
    For some years I’ve looked into link Globe Temps (GT) and Earth Mag Field To my shock I cane to conclusion that it conclusively proves AGW with CO2 sensitivity of 3 deg C for CO2 doubling.
    Here are all details,
    Exactly a year ago I put in another blog (unfortunately didn’t take care of the time zone difference)
    so it is unfair to keep Tallbloke’s readers in dark about my revolutionary discovery.

  7. tallbloke says:

    Haha! Good one Vuk! 🙂

  8. ren says:

    Can I help?

  9. vukcevic says:

    Hi ren
    All past AGW models were correct , but of course they couldn’t predict that the north magnetic pole would start its merry go round race around the north pole, causing unpredicted Global Temperature Hiatus

    pierwszy kwietnia

  10. ren says:

    Thanks. All clear.

  11. Fanakapan says:

    Ha, the BBC has been pushing Utter Guff since it started.

    The trouble is that now we have the Internet, a minority of folk can easily get more facts to hand than the average BBC ‘Personality’

    Dont worry though, that still leaves a Majority who prefer to be Spoon Fed 🙂

  12. tchannon says:

    This year is poor for spoofs, which I decided against given IPCC chose a ludicrous date.

    We need some fun. One pointed out is… tactical kilt, don’t go abseiling!

  13. ntesdorf says:

    The BBC spaghetti tree/shrub was more convincing than their present CO2 Global Warming spoof and it had more genuine data to back it.

  14. Roger Andrews says:

    I still remember watching this program on the little nine-inch black and white TV my father built. (I say “little” but the case it came in was about the size of an armchair – no transistors in those days.) As I recollect a number of people wrote in later to thank the BBC for broadcasting it. They’d never realized that spaghetti grew on trees. 😉

    Anyway Tim, thanks for posting it. Very nostalgic.

  15. tchannon says:

    Some context for nostalgia.

    This was little more than 10 years after the end of WWII and less than that after the end of food rationing. There were newspapers, the limited selection of BBC radio: Home Service, Light Programme; television was uncommon, with signal reception limited, the BBC. In some places there were cinemas. Telephones were rare, it was not until some years later that there were more telephones than motor cars, a clear message about the necessities of life.

    Supermarkets essentially did not exist and what shops there were had limited choice, price mattered too. For many towns barely existed, me included. Life as portrayed in film and on television or in books tends to be biased to fantasy land, not reality for the many.

    Shopping tended to comprise Saturday afternoon in a rush such was the standard 5 and a half day working week. Sunday nothing was open. Shop people had early closing day, half day such as Monday to compensate for working all day Saturday and a market day some places usually either Wednesday or Thursday. Standard annual holiday was 7 days. Does it make more sense on why men went out to work and women were at home except that also meant were able to shop outside of Saturday afternoon.

    Shops closed early too so rushing out of work to try and catch a shop open was sometimes tried.

    Spaghetti? There was little knowledge of foreign food.

  16. Roger Andrews says:

    I’m not sure I’d ever seen spaghetti, except in a can.

    Incidentally, major earthquake (8 plus) just reported in Northern Chile. Tsunami warnings out.

  17. Roger Andrews says:

    Yeah. I know they get big ones, We had an 8.0 just off the coast when I was living in Santiago. Spent a good bit of time in Iquique too. Nice place. I hope they don’t get too badly banged up.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Beeb gets an earful from MPs.

    ‘MPs criticise BBC over climate change reporting’ – doesn’t everyone?

  19. Jason Calley says:

    I am currently working on a plan to cross a spaghetti bush with a tomato. All I’ll have to do then is to add some garlic…

  20. Chaeremon says:

    It says ” … the majority of the public did not have a good understanding of climate change …” and therefore the weather apocalyptic reports are the new BBC climate change?

    Poor Brits, over here in Germany we have better problems. Want some?

  21. Zeke says:

    “Does it make more sense on why men went out to work and women were at home except that also meant were able to shop outside of Saturday afternoon.”

    That’s right, exactly. My children’s mother is wondering why she stayed home, baked bread, preserved apples, kept hens, and home schooled the kids, etc., now that her son turned 14, and is arguing with her about Hegel and Plato! She says, “What the heck?” (:

  22. tchannon says:

    Odd thing, in round numbers, a couple used to work 40 hours a week and then drop dead but now are expected to work 80 hours a week then retiring, all leading to the same effect, supposed normal life.

    It is my view that working hours are unintentionally contrived to remain much the same, with many doing not actually useful job.

    For almost everyone in developed countries robots are widely used from a washing machine to a watercloset to … the list is vast.

    Much more could be done yet that leads to a nettle avoided by society: taken to a limit very little human work as such is needed so given defacto there are many people there must be equality without job as an arbiter.

    The above is very rough with many deviations but broadly that has to be faced, large change has to happen.

  23. Brian H says:

    I remember the broadcast, or one very similar. I was almost a teenager, and wanted to see more detail, like what a rigatoni tree looked like, or even a lasagna tree. I was a precociously cynical TV watcher, I guess.

  24. tchannon says:

    Racked my brain on this one but the only think (sic) I can remember is I assume my elder brother rushing into a room excited about the program. Trouble is that this makes no sense. I didn’t think we had a television, my brother left home sometime around then, or perhaps was visiting. I’ve seen the film so maybe it was repeated.

    Kids, err yes. I have a clear memory of rushing out into the garden and trying to find the gooseberry bush… under which I was found. Followed by other matters, we didn’t have a gooseberry bush, did though have blackcurrents, redcurrents and so on.
    Bit like memories of warm days and the smell of creosoted fences and sheds. And keeping away from apple trees after near misses, large unripe apples and little boys best not learn about gravity that way.