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When Barbara Kingsolver’s husband asked the neighborhood children if they could name any root vegetables other than carrots [“The Only Real Story,” The Dog-Eared Page, December 2020], I had to chuckle when they replied, “Spaghetti.”
It reminded me of the April Fool’s documentary-spoof the BBC perpetrated on their viewers decades ago. After announcing the annual spaghetti harvest was in full swing, they showed young women in native costume strolling through a grove of trees, collecting strands of limp spaghetti from branches and filling their baskets to the brim. The network was flooded by calls of gratitude from the public, who found the segment very educational.