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The Broom Challenge is back.
People across social media are citing NASA as saying something about special gravitational forces being at work and posting videos of their brooms standing up on their own. Spoiler: That's not the case.
Okay so NASA said today was the only day a broom can stand up on its own because of the gravitational pull...I didn’t believe it at first but OMG! 😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/M0HCeemyGt— mk (@mikaiylaaaaa) February 10, 2020
Decided to try the broom thing myself... bro 😳 pic.twitter.com/enlGD0NfQd— Plathanos 🐝🇩🇴 #HIVESZN (@SavinTheBees) February 11, 2020
While many had success with getting their brooms to stand, others not so much.
well my broom fell over so— Kehlani (@Kehlani) February 11, 2020
I’m seeing this trend rn, but how come MY broom can’t stand on it’s own? SMH. I hate it here 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/EV4RlqC03H— newt⁷ (@milktpapi) February 11, 2020
That broom shit didn’t work for me lol pic.twitter.com/D5NocUPH1C— Darkskin Boy 🤴🏿 (@Taurean_NDE) February 11, 2020
Others thought outside the box and decided to use objects other than brooms.
i dont got a broom but yoo this shit is crazy lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/FMUjsLkPEh— marty mcfly williams (@ugl__y) February 11, 2020
Forget the broom. pic.twitter.com/B68Suh498Q— 𝔹ℝ𝕆𝕎ℕ𝕊𝕌𝔾𝔸ℝ 🇹🇹 (@korenarebecca) February 11, 2020
Yaw broom sticks are cute but I- pic.twitter.com/CCqI9rf8mF— ⛽️IG:BagDadLean⛽️ (@MLKChefLean) February 11, 2020
Despite talk of the Earth’s rotation achieving some sort of balance on a certain day, there's another explanation for why and how people's brooms (or chicken wings) are able to stand up on their own. Betsy Kling, Chief Meteorologist at 3News, said that it was all about balance. "People think it’s special because at what other point in your life would you stop and try to balance a broom," Kling said. Back in 2012, Wired published a story about the challenge and refuted claims that it had something to do with the Earth's position. Ahmad Bajjey of NBC 25's Mid-Michigan NOW also took to Facebook to clear up the misconceptions about it all by posting a video explainer, which you can check out below.