[Listening] Why Everyone Is Posing The Brooms Challenge On Social Media?

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Recently, broom challenge trend has taken over social media. Numerous netizens followed suit for verifying that Monday was the only day that could stand a broomstick on its own. Is That Real Or Fake?

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On Monday, the latest viral trend swept the social media: everyone from celebrities to parents were testing out the physics with a simple household tool-broom. Many people followed their lead by trying the #broomchallenge, which required a standard-angled broom to stand upright _______ (2 words missing). However, NASA communications spokeswoman Karen Northon told that “This is another social media hoax that exemplifies how quickly pseudoscience and false claims can go viral,”

So where has this _______ (one word missing) come from? The challenge originated from a viral tweet, which claimed that NASA said Monday was the only day a broomstick could stand on its own because of the earth’s gravitational pull. The tweet was accompanied by a video of a woman propping a broom up. As the woman watch the broom stand up on its own, she yelled, “No strings, nothing.”

Today, NASA astronaut Alvin Drew and scientist Sarah Noble, who responded to the #BroomstickChallenge on Twitter, say that “Basic physics works every day of the year – not just February 10th.” However, some people see the positive in addressing such misunderstandings. Smith told the BBC, “While it is discouraging to see people believe _______ (3 words missing) for something like this, it still makes for a fun and easy social media challenge and a nice little experiment to talk about physics and the centre of gravity,”


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