NASA Brushes Off The Viral Standing Broom Trick As A Hoax

James Marshall
February 13, 2020

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it has nothing to do with gravitational pull, or the magical day.

"Not trying to burst your bubble, but it's just the stiffness of the bristles that makes the broom stand", Phillips explained on social media.

If you don't know, the Broom Challenge involves attempting to stand up a broomstick on its own.

Singer Paula Abdul had a dance party with her standing broom. "I didn't believe it at first but OMG", one Twitter user wrote, along with a photo of their broom.

However, according to a report on CNN, the said "magical trick" can work anytime and anywhere as long as the broom will be positioned in the right place.

Check out some of the top stories on What's Gone Viral with Khabazela. The challenge arises from the fact that, thanks to gravity, brooms and other objects can stand on certain days of the year.

Some are just happy people are taking an interest in physics, even if the initial "science" behind the challenge was false.

Al Roker tested the theory live on the Today show and debunked the claim when he managed to stand his broom upright on Tuesday. "You can do this any day", he said. They claim NASA said that February 10th was the only day that a broom could be balanced, because of gravitational phenomena.

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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