The Brief: The Broom Challenge to make a broom stand up on its own is sweeping the web.
The viral Broom Challenge can be completed by making a broom stand up without outside support. This relatively easy-to-complete internet challenge spread online on February 10th, with videos gaining thousands and even millions of views.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) February 11, 2020
Is NASA Involved?
Rumors were circulating that the Broom challenge is only possible on certain days of the year including February 10th, 2020, due to shifts in the earth’s gravitational pull. Several viral posts even suggested that NASA had “said” this to be true. Not only is this claim false, but NASA even debunked it in a video posted to the agency’s official Twitter account.
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
— NASA (@NASA) February 11, 2020
Broom Challenge How-To
As this balancing act is not directly affected by the earth’s gravitational pull, the secret to making a broom stand up on its own is merely patience and a delicate touch. Spreading out the bristles is an effective technique to help the broom stand upright.
This internet challenge has gone viral across social media platforms. Celebrities including DJ Khaled and Paula Abdul have tried their hand at the #BroomstickChallege.
— Clintoria Williams (@clintoria) February 11, 2020
— Austin McBroom (@AustinMcbroom) February 11, 2020
— Johnny Mac Zero (@AyeVontae) February 11, 2020
@beccarastenis#nasa #beourguest #fyp♬ Be Our Guest (From “Beauty and the Beast”) – Chocolate Ice Cream
@tundypopAccording to NASA, today your broom will balance on it’s own due to gravitational pull! 😳 #indiana #foryou #fypage #xyzbca #broomchallenge♬ original sound – tundypop
@macdoesitCan any else’s broom do this or should I evacuate my apartment??? #broomchallenge #fyp♬ X Files – TV Themes