The Truth Behind The Viral Broom Challenge Taking Over Twitter

NASA Brushes Off The Viral Standing Broom Trick As A Hoax

If you have been scrolling through Twitter or TikToc over the past day or so you have more than likely come across the trending #broomchallenge. According to a viral tweet, "NASA said today was the only day broom can stand up on its own because of the gravitational pull". There's just one problem: NASA never said that.

From eggs to Vans, the internet has been swept away by gravity-defying challenges! This time, people are trying to fool you into believing that something unique about the Earth's gravity is allowing brooms to stand up on their own. Not only is this claim false, but NASA even debunked it in a video posted to the agency's official Twitter account.

Still, tweets were flying around claiming NASA had said yesterday was a special day, too, which is what kicked things off.

As also explained by some posts, NASA was cited saying that the Earth's gravitational pull or the vernal equinox, or even the effect of 'full moon, ' made the trick possible. Which means, if you can get the bristles positioned like a tripod, your broom will stand upright any day of the year.

Users have been leaving hilarious responses on the photos of people taking up the broom challenge. On Monday and Tuesday, social media users shared photos and videos of regular household brooms that seemed to stand, apparently unsupported.



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