Can a broom stand on its own?
Still, videos of people standing up brooms and walking away, leaving them upright, has captivated social media enough to spur a viral trend: the broom challenge.
A bogus claim accompanies this challenge. The course of this claim? According to the broom-challenge faithful: NASA. Yes, NASA.
People are saying that NASA announced that on Feb. 10, and only Feb. 10, can people stand up a broom because of the earth’s gravitational pull … or some planetary alignment, depending upon who you asked.
First of all, you can stand up a broom on its own (depending on the broom) any time of year.
Second of all (in case you actually needed one), NASA made no such claim.
That, of course, did not stop people from attempting the challenge, then posting video and photo evidence.
Balance brooms they did, which seemed to confirm the veracity of the false claim, but actually just meant brooms could always do this.