Scientists have been searching for a cure for the common cold for a long time.
The breakthrough came in 1973 when a Dr Clothier announced on British Radio that it had been discovered that Dutch elm
disease cured the common cold.
There appeared to be some unusual side effects to the cure, however. One scientist, after treating himself with powdered
Dutch elm, had actually caught Dutch elm disease himself.
As a result, his red hair had turned yellow and he had eventually become bald. Dr Clothier therefore warned all red-haired
listeners to avoid any areas where Dutch elm disease was present.
One wonders how many listeners took the scientific talk seriously and how many acctually realized that Dr Clothier was,
in reality, comedian, ..............Spike Milligan.
By the way, the date of the transmission was April 1st