Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Tech | By Anita Cain

Broom challenge makes big return after false claim about gravitational pull

Broom challenge makes big return after false claim about gravitational pull

Although the agency has not yet confirmed nor denied the claims, a lot of people still tried the said trick on their homes, and everyone was amazed by the results. The broom stick challenge is sweeping the internet.

According to the Internet NASA says today is the only day a broom can stand up on its own because of the gravitational pull. "Pajama broom challenge. What are you doing on a Monday Night?!"

As with the egg-balancing myth, this broom-standing phenomenon has nothing to do with equinoxes or planetary alignments.

Ally Brook of Fifth Harmony also got in on the challenge, although her reaction to her standing broomstick may have freaked her out a bit. The source of this claim?

"This is another social media hoax that exemplifies how quickly pseudoscience and false claims can go viral", NASA communications spokeswoman Karen Northon told ABC News. Standing brooms have caught people's attention before they even became the focus of Twitter.

The NASA Twitter account posted a video of astronaut Drew Alvin and scientist Sarah Noble demonstrating the challenge - on February 11, after the day of the supposed special gravitational pull allowing for brooms to balance upright.

Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey, The Michigan State Police, US musician DJ Khaled and many other people took up the "Broom Challenge", having fun with the viral social media videos and photos.

Like this: