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Polly on a cracker

The Story

According to this report, budgies are a tasty treat. When basted with paprika and roasted for 15 minutes, these delectable bite size birds can be eaten bones and all. Particularly on the first of April. CBC listeners would have had a hard time digesting this 1979 prank -- it was broadcast on The Food Show, which is dedicated to the exploration of the culinary world.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: April 1, 1979
Guest(s): Fiona Curtis
Host: Jim Wright
Duration: 6:07
Photo: National Archives PA 175991

Did You know?

• Prank calls are a common April Fools' activity. Calling the zoo, for example, and asking to speak to Mr. Lyon, Guy Rilla or Albert Ross.

• In another famous prank, the U.S. company Century Communications announced plans for a 911 chat line. In 1994, they advertised their brand new service: For a fee, listeners could tune in to emergency calls from around the country.



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