Don't fall for the #BroomChallenge hoax — FTW Explains

Katie Ramirez
February 13, 2020

A visitor walks by brooms displayed as part of the exhibition "Lives of wastes" at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille, southern France, on March 20, 2017.

Surely, by now you've seen the latest craze ... um, sweeping the internet.

"OH MY GOD?!?! I REBUKE THIS #BroomChallenge #Gravity", she wrote.

Plenty of others joined in, posting videos of their brooms, with even celebrities such as Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo joining in.

The sad thing is the above video is from 2012, so this broom standing thing has come and gone once or twice before.

While we're sure NASA is bristling at the idea of people getting the science wrong, it still makes for a fun party trick.

"Okay, so NASA said today was the only day a broom can stand up on its own because of the gravitational pull ..."

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"This is another social media hoax that exemplifies how quickly pseudoscience and false claims can go viral", NASA communications spokeswoman Karen Northon told ABC News.

It was a harmless hoax, but a hoax nonetheless.

The problem is, you can stand a broom up on its own every day. It often pops up around the vernal equinox (first day of spring), with people wrongly claiming that the equinox does something special to Earth's gravity allowing the broom trick to work.

While showing the broom standing up on its head by itself Drew simply says "It's just physics".

"It's not about yesterday". And yes, you can do it any day of the year!

Getting a broom alone has nothing to do with the date on the calendar, in case the original tweet has absorbed you.

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