The Broom Challenge is breaking the internet but is it a hoax?
11 February 2020, 11:35 | Updated: 11 February 2020, 11:45
Does the Broom Challenge on TikTok actually have anything to do with NASA and the Earth's gravitational pull?
The Broom Challenge is breaking the internet and people think that it's all thanks to NASA and gravity... but is it all a hoax?
The internet is no stranger to hilarious viral challenges. Over the course of the past few months alone, we've seen numerous challenges take over social media. In November, everyone was doing the Chair Challenge (picking up a chair has never been so hard) and in January, everyone was attempting the Flex Challenge (if you can't do the splits, this is probably not for you).
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Now, the internet is back at it again and celebrities including Kehlani and Brother Nature are doing the Broom Challenge on TikTok and everywhere else.
What is the Broom Challenge? How is NASA involved and is it a hoax?
The Broom Challenge is simple. All you have to do is get a broom to stand up on its own. Whether or not it actually works will depend on the broom you use and the angle you balance it. According to Meteorologist Ahmad Bajjey, you have a far better chance of completing it if you use a broom with "a flat bottom and a low centre of gravity." That's pretty much all there is to it.
Nevertheless, fake news spreads very quickly on the internet and people are convinced that NASA created it. There is also a rumour going around that the space organisation said that it was only possible to do the challenge yesterday (Feb 10th) due to forces of gravity. So, the challenge itself is not a hoax but the specific date thing is. Also, NASA has said nothing about it.
Here are a few of the funniest Broom Challenge attempts so far.
OH MY GOD?!?! I REBUKE THIS #BroomChallenge #Gravity pic.twitter.com/DtdlLHnWrq— Ally Brooke (@AllyBrooke) February 11, 2020
they shoulda never gave us the internet 😂😂 #nasa #broomchallenge pic.twitter.com/xUNLPhZLVG— Johnny Mac Zero (@AyeVontae) February 11, 2020
well my broom fell over so— Kehlani (@Kehlani) February 11, 2020
Proud to say that after only 2 months of owning this broom, he’s all grown up now and can stand on his own :’) words can’t describe how happy I am for him #proudbroomdad pic.twitter.com/45GDRfGBey— Brother Nature (@BrotherNature) February 11, 2020
The only winner of this challenge😭🤣#broomchallenge pic.twitter.com/VRnpl7QWqo— ɴᴀʏᴇʟɪ ⁷ // ɪs sᴇᴇɪɴɢ ʙᴛs!! (@yoongisoju) February 11, 2020
don’t send me your dumb brooms i don’t care. we’ve confirmed it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, and I don’t care— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 11, 2020
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
Pajama broom challenge 😂 What are you doing on a Monday Night?! #broomchallenge pic.twitter.com/1DU7q9bZp4— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) February 11, 2020
My whole family is posted up watching this thing go #broomchallenge pic.twitter.com/lvFg6owruM— Kaleb I.A. (@Kaleb_IA) February 11, 2020
So we tried the #broomchallenge and this is what happened... pic.twitter.com/SQ7vBimQoi— Justus (@jayepusha) February 11, 2020
Y’all some liars smh 🙄 #broomchallenge pic.twitter.com/wnkbs2dZYQ— EyeJay (@therealeyejay) February 11, 2020
Now it's your turn. May the odds be ever in your favour.