A NASA rumour is making people on the internet do very strange things with their brooms

Louis Staples
Tuesday 11 February 2020 10:45

Over the last 24 hours, you might have seen a lot of people balancing brooms (or attempting to) and posting videos of it on social media.

Or, alternatively, you might have been spending your time doing things that aren’t browsing Twitter.

If you haven’t seen this bizarre new trend, which has been dubbed the #BroomChallenge, then let us introduce you to Twitter’s ridiculous new obsession...

In recent years, the "standing broom" myth – that brooms can stand on end for one day a year – has circulated around the internet. It usually focusses on a specific day in which people mistakenly say the earth's gravitational pull keeps the broom upright.

This year, it’s back again, with a string of viral videos saying that “NASA” has said that today is the day to stand your broom on end.

Needless to say, NASA hasn’t said anything about this and there’s no evidence to suggest your broom is more likely to stand on end today rather than any other day. Sad!

We know, we really wanted it to be true too, but sadly your broom may or may not stand up every day – sorry folks!

But this hasn’t stopped a lot of people trying it…

And a lot of people failing the #BroomChallenge.

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