If you spend a decent amount of time online then you may have noticed there's a new challenge that's sweeping Twitter right now. The #BroomstickChallenge claims that, according to NASA, there's a very special gravitational pull happening today which allows broomsticks to stand upright completely on their own - no strings, no props, no gimmicks. Just a broom and some gravity, y'all.
As far as we can tell, this Tweet is what started the ball rolling (and also made the claim that NASA told people to do this):
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
It wasn't too long before rapper Tory Lanez tried it out for himself and posted it to TikTok and Twitter, which definitely helped it go even more viral:
Other celebrities who tried to get in on the fun included the likes of Paula Abdul, rapper Future, and politician Lee Chatfield.
Naturally, there were also PLENTY of regular folks tweeting out their own versions of the challenge as well:
Sadly, while it's definitely a lot of fun to pretend that this has something to do with mysterious interplanetary forces, special gravitational alignments, and/or the spring equinox, the fact of the matter is that it's just simple physics. Most brooms tend to have a very low center of gravity directly above the bristles. If you can position the bristles in the right way, your broom will stand up any day of the year.
As a matter of fact, this isn't even the first time this particular phenomenon has gone viral. CNN actually did a debunking video about it back in 2012:
There you have it. Go forth and balance your brooms whenever you'd like! Just don't forget to actually *use* them once in a while too.