The broom challenge: Tweets and myths sweep social media originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
The latest viral trend sweeping the internet has had everyone from celebrities to parents testing out the basic laws of physics with a simple household tool.
Many people took to social media to try their hand at the #broomchallenge that requires a standard-angled broom to stand upright on its bristles without assistance.
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
The catch? Most people believed it had something to do with the Earth's gravitational pull after a viral tweet suggested that NASA said as much.
"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.
Brooms have a low center of gravity and the ability to balance on their bristles is not something new.
Hilarious attempts and reactions on Twitter
So my mom just texted my brother, sister and I that according to NASA today is the only day your broom can stand on its own because of the gravitational pull and I- pic.twitter.com/bx0tJr0fXf— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 11, 2020
Me trying to do the broom challenge. pic.twitter.com/DgdBC1CbyY— Lisa Steinberg, “PHD” (@GoodHumorGrl) February 11, 2020
One teacher even used the moment to explain the science to her class.
Debunking the Broom Challenge trending on Social Media. LOE science students know better now!!!! pic.twitter.com/JeGqG5jeGj— april varga (@Avargateach) February 11, 2020
This broom hoax has been around for several years, according to ABC News New York WABC and usually reemerges around the vernal equinox or first day of spring.
People incorrectly claim that the spring equinox has to do with the Earth's gravity to allow the broom trick to work.
While NASA called the hoax "harmless," Northon implored people to fact check with the agency's online resources "for real science fun facts -- before jumping into the latest viral craze."