NASA has spoken out and the space agency has a sweeping statement to make about the so-called broom challenge, social media fascination this week. On Monday and Tuesday, social media users shared photos and videos of regular family brooms standing upright without any support. The noisy trend seems to have started with a viral tweet claiming "NASA said today is the only day a broom can stand on its own due to gravity … I didn't believe it at first but OMG! . "
It doesn't seem like NASA ever said anything like that, and now the agency is clarifying the problem. In a 9-second video tweeted by NASA's official account on Tuesday, astronaut Alvin Drew and scientist Sarah Noble balance a broom in its fur without fuss.
"Did you do the broom challenge yesterday?" Noble asked. "Well, it turns out, you can do it again today."
And Drew answered: "That's just physics."