Apparently, everyone and their mother has become either a witch or a scientist, because people the world over are forcing their brooms to stand up straight without anyone’s help in what is being called the Broomstick Challenge. Is it magic? Is it some sort of magnetic planetary alignment thing?
The #Broomstick Challenge” is sweeping across the globe and social media, the basic idea being that some objects can stand upright because gravity does some sort of special *gravitational pull thing* on certain days of the year.
Apparently, people have been doing this because they were told NASA shared the challenge on February 10, which is one of the supposed high holy days of broomstick magic.
As laypeople, this sounds legitimate enough, right? Wrong. NASA has had literally nothing to do with the challenge, February 10 has absolutely zero real meaning, and brooms can do their thing on any day. Basically, it’s a hoax.
As NASA told Insider, “While this hoax was harmless, it also shows why it’s important for all of us to do some fact-checking and research—including checking in with @NASA and NASA.gov for real science fun facts—before jumping into the latest viral craze.”
Here’s one of the first tweets about the hoax—garnering nearly 300,000 likes:
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
This woman at the mall is losing it. Get behind me, Satan!
I’m scaring people LMAO pic.twitter.com/Z7qINTgC9h
— The Simp God (@TavisTheRapper) February 11, 2020
It’s amazing how many people have shared in the challenge, most of them with minds blown:
#broomstickchallenge is a piece of cake for these Starbucks baristas!
— Brandon A (@techdesigntrend) February 11, 2020
— Hip Hop Ties (@HipHopTies) February 11, 2020
— Pennè (@najwilsonn) February 11, 2020
Nasa: today your broom can stand by it self, bet me
— cha jue won (@syazwankhairul_) February 11, 2020
The dogs don’t get it, either!
— Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug) February 11, 2020
Dawwggg. Ain’t no way. Ain’t no fuckin way 😩😂 pic.twitter.com/nMn4WwhCZj
— Mamiana. (@KyrieCurvingg_) February 11, 2020
Things got weird in one quick sweep (sorry for the pun):
we had to go test it… pic.twitter.com/DNtkOlLRGd
— Dyantá D. Harris (@dyantaatnaydh) February 10, 2020
Everyone on the Internet became powerful wizards:
just vibing pic.twitter.com/zkcCL6XvOC
— the vibe formally known as 🥺 (@regalfrequency) February 10, 2020
Even celebs got in on the madness, like Ally Brook of Fifth Harmony:
— Ally Brooke (@AllyBrooke) February 11, 2020
Paula Abdul straight up went full ’80s dance party at the site of her broom standing upright:
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) February 11, 2020
Tory Lanez with the #broomstickchallenge…
“This is real. Suck my d**k.” 😂😂pic.twitter.com/dn7DtyFSaT
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) February 11, 2020
Of course, NASA chimed in with an adorable “you guys are wrong, but it’s ok” tweet:
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) February 11, 2020
— NASA (@NASA) February 11, 2020
— NASA (@NASA) February 11, 2020
But this pretty much sums it up:
Live look at me trying to figure out if this NASA Broom-Standup thing is real or the internet has made me dumb pic.twitter.com/1htwPF745N
— Tangawizi (@Fecta23) February 10, 2020
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