Brooms Standing On Their Own — Planetary Alignment or Simple Question of Physics?

Won’t see many of these classic brooms standing up by themselves.

Brooms standing on their own, defying gravity before our very eyes.  This is something that has sparked a lot of intrigue around the Internet.  Apparently, it originated back in August of 2009 in Prattville, AL when a woman saw her everyday, average broom standing straight up without anything holding it or securing it.  It was simply balancing perfectly on its bristles.  Since then, the phenomenon has been documented in many other places all over the globe, and the theories about why this is happening have gotten quite ambitious.  It has been blamed on planetary alignments, magnetic pole shifts, increased solar activity, and even some nonsense about Mercury and retrograde motion.  As more and more reports of standing brooms sweep the nation (no pun intended), we at Common Sense Conspiracy decided it was time to take a closer look.

The first thing you might want to note about these videos and still pictures is the similarities.  While the mysterious standing brooms come in all sizes and colors, they all share a few characteristics.  All of them are brooms where the bristles form a flat, horizontal surface at the bottom of the broom.  Notice the absence of any angled brooms.  Coincidence?  Not at all.  Angled brooms are not featured in any of these videos because you are not going to get an angled broom to stand up on its own without any outside force helping out.  You will find angled brooms standing up, but most of them look fake from the start.  So, are we implying that flat brooms can stand up?  Absolutely.

Now, not every broom that has a flat bottom can stand up.  Notice that most of the brooms you see doing this are either quite new or in excellent shape.  That means that the bristles are still strong and have not been worn down so that the bristles are very different in length.  From there, it is simply a not-so-superhuman feat of finding the broom’s center of gravity.  Sure, it takes a soft choice and an elementary knowledge of physics, but our investigation revealed that anyone can do it, given the right broom.  While it does look pretty cool, we have to admit, it is hardly any phenomenon of nature, except for that one we call physics.

Some of the theories have even suggested that there are only certain times of the day where the brooms will stand.  These theories are absolutely correct, because the only time of day the brooms will be standing like this is when the owner carefully stands it up, perfectly balancing it along its center of gravity.  However, the laws of physics do not change across day or night, so the odds of getting any broom to stand on its end do not improve by the time of day, position of the sun or planets, or any spooky incantations you might utter while trying to make it happen.

So, is this a hoax?  Well, not really.  It is true that it can be done.  The deception comes in the creation of the illusion that the brooms are doing this all by themselves.  It implies that the brooms at some point just move themselves to this position.  However, you will find zero video evidence (at least reputable, undoctored videos) to corroborate this.  This whole adventure probably started when the woman in Prattville accidentally placed the broom perfectly on its center of balance when she was done with it.  Or perhaps one of her kids passed through and performed the feat for her to witness later.  In any case, all of the stories you hear are bent in some way to make this seem even more supernatural and paranormal.  For those of you still wondering what the hell we are talking about, here is the video that supposedly started it all:

When someone shows us a broom that moves to this position all by itself and then lifts itself off the ground, having no contact in any direction, then we will be happy to report a real paranormal event.

EDIT:  It has been brought to our attention by our loyal readers that many have found that an angled broom is just as easy to stand up as any other.  Common Sense Conspiracy has performed some more experiments, and we still feel that the condition of the broom’s bristles is definitely a factor in this, but be aware that this can be done on any day.  There is nothing special going on any particular day or time that makes this possible.  If you don’t think so, do it over and over again at different times of the year.  If this were truly a natural phenomenon, you would be able to do other objects as well.  While the planets do have effects on the Earth as a whole planet, they most certainly do not exhibit any effect over objects as small as a broom.  Also, this is a recurring urban legend for years.  It has gone through different forms.  Obviously the broom is the popular one of the moment, but historically, the same rumors were spread about standing an ordinary egg on its end.  And, yes, you can stand an egg up to.  How about some user-contributed photos in the comment section of a freestanding broom next to a freestanding egg.  Common Sense Conspiracy will publish any such photo ops on our front page, so get to it… Also, anyone that posts a pic of a standing broom and standing egg gets a free copy of the novel “Crisis Point.”  Show us what you can do.   Here’s a photo from just a couple of minutes ago from the CSC Headquarters… notice Dan the Man’s fearful look at the “Broom of Doom.”

 

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130 Comments:

  • chris t

    Actually, you are wrong. My girlfriend and I have an angled, 2 year old, semi regularly used broom. My gf saw on Facebook a comment about the brooms, neither of us never hearing of it before. My gf grabbed our angled broom, tried it, and it worked. Handle tilting way out, and it clearly should have fallen over, but it didn’t. We did it several times, and there was a slight feeling of it pulling itself upright. Whatever makes it do it, it clearly works. And whether or not anyone believes it means nothing to me, because we saw it ourselves and that’s all that matters. It’s crazy. -from Texas.

    • Christy

      I totally agree with the one above. My broom is an old angled broom , but it stood up on its own. Yes, you could feel something kinda pulling it, but not sure of the explanation for that:)

      • cscadm

        Points taken, guys. The point of the article was that you could do this on any day, not just when the planets or whatever align. I have to agree, though, it will freak you out for a second. I did experience the pulling effect, but it seemed more like just finding its balance. Definitely cool, and I thought it would be a lot harder with an angled broom, but it turns out it’s not really that hard at all. However, I will point out that it only vindicates what we are saying…which is that standing a broom up like this is possible anytime, any day, and nothing supernatural or resulting from an astronomical phenomenon. Also, we would like to point out that you can’t do this with other objects. If this were a true phenomenon caused by something like a planetary alignment, then other unlikely objects could be stood on their end as well.

        • Kenny

          WRONG again ! I have a 2 year old worn out angled broom and when my wife and I heard about it we tried it an t and it worked. Now I tried it 2 days later and can’t get it to stand for the life of me.

          • vince

            I used a broom today that was like 2 years old, in really bad condition, and the shape of the
            bristles on the bottom are practically round. But im pretty sure you can do it any day if you
            did it 2 days ago and the rest of the world can do it today

          • cscadm

            Testing

        • phish

          Brooms are not human! Objects don’t look for balance, but energy does! A friend of mine posted brooms, mops, and golf clubs! I’m going to try it on & for a year and I’ll get back to ya!

          • phish

            I do believe this is a Christian sight that sounds to me that they don’t believe in anything other than a simple explanation….if God didn’t do it than it’s not possible!

          • Brett

            Hello, he wasn’t implying that the broom was cognitively seeking something, but rather it was falling towards its center of gravity. This broom “phenomenon” is something anyone with a steady hand can do to nearly any object with a relatively flat bottom surface and an obvious center of gravity.

      • S. Harrison

        My broom is angled and old and very used inside and outside, far from being in good shape. It stood up in the kitchen, living room, hallway and outside on the deck. I took pictures of it in all of those places. I was amazed….I could walk around it and it didn’t stop standing until I picked it up and put it away!

      • everettreb

        I wish I could figure out how to upload a picture here because my angled broom is standing right now and has been for the past hour.

      • Trent

        I call BS on the whole thing! People just want others to believe that they are part of something strange and amazing.

      • lacey zachary

        I have an old angled broom standing alone im my kitchen where it has been for the past couple hours with the dust pan attached to one side i have four kids and 2 dogs running around and its still standing I also got my webster duster to stand alone and it has a circular top or bristles

      • Robin

        That “something” you felt kinda pulling on the broom was gravity.

    • terry

      you are exactly right. I had the same experience as you. def. weird!!

    • Reenie

      I totally agree with Chris T. I saw this on facebook too so I grabbed my 3 year old angled broom from the closet and expected it not to work. I wasn’t even trying to balance it….I just simply let go of it and it stood there. I too felt like there was a slight pull when I let go of it. Don’t understand why it is standing. The handled is tilted back at an angel..totally weird!

    • Gale

      Angled brooms do stand..and my friend in Okl her brom has been standing 24 hours

    • Science is Amazing

      Does your angled broom have a light weight plastic handle? If so, then the center of mass will be located very close to the base of the broom where the brisles are located allowing it to balance. Physics is amazing! Just ask Newton!

    • Jason

      Your angle on the angled broom is B.S. I’m looking at one standing up right now.

      If you are revering to a push broom, then you should clarify that.

    • Joe B

      Funny thing, after hearing all this from my wife, I decided to go to my local Walmart and test this theory. Yesterday, March 7th I was able to accomplish this task with 16 brooms. I also had the classic wooden handled, plastic handled, straw bristle, nylon bristle, straight, and angled. Result…..THEY ALL WORKED. The physics side of my brain (I am a qualty engineer for an aerospace firm) said “wide base…flat surface, of course this will work”, but on angled brooms? Makes you think……

      • cscadm

        That’s exactly the “common sense” we employed when writing the original article. However, we were wrong, and it does make you wonder, doesn’t it?

      • cscadm

        Next time take a photo. Sounds crazy.

        • Michelle

          It’s true. Have photos and will try to upload. Went into work yesterday and all the brooms were standing up.Also on Tues. night the globe above my kitchen sink fell off the base and didn’t fall vertically it projected out into the middle of my kitchen floor. Just crazy thought someone was breaking in.

      • Jeff

        I have a video of my ANGLED BROOM standing on the top of my wooden chair i also have my angled brrom standing on my railing with video and pictures to prove that angled brroms do the same thing.

    • Robby F

      I was just gonna comment when I read this post, my wife and I also have an angled broom, with severely worn bristles that are askew every which direction. On top of that, we have very old worn out uneven hardwood floors and the whole time our 30 lb 2 year old daughter was running around and jumping around the broom and its still standing 30 minutes later and I plan on leaving it there all night to see what happens. I really need an explanation because I don’t believe in ghosts and don’t know enough about the solar system and its really intriguing the hell out of me so if anyone has some substantiated answers please do tell

    • amber

      Mine is angled and standing.. its actually been there for 15 min and i am going to leave it there until it falls on its own!

    • Kim Vandewall

      I found this rather interesting because I myself have been seeing random posts about the standing broom trick all over facebook today. So, about 15 minutes ago, 11:47pm on Thursday night, I got my ANGLED broom to stand up. I would love to show you the picture. I took 3 pictures of it at 3 different angles, proving that i literally walked passed my broom two separate time once I got it to stand.

      Kim

    • Tania

      Mine was an old angled broom.as.well…..

    • I did this last nite when my 23 yr old daughter told me of this.
      I had 2 different types of brooms stand alone.
      one broom was slated one was a twisted bristle type and I felt the pulling when trying to stand it up.
      both worked.!!!!!!!!!

    • We tried the experiment at school with an angled broom. It stood up most of the day even when students were changing classes. I would send a photo but I’m sure you would say it was fake.

    • Ginger

      I have a straight broom and an angle broom standing upright side by side to show the difference. They have been standing upright for almost 5 minutes now. I have taken several pictures as I can’t believe it myself. It is cool and crazy. It is possible for an angle broom to stand unassisted. I have found that it will only stand with the tilted handle pointed toward the East. No other direction seems to show results. WOW!!

    • shar30

      The brooms are the topic of the day. Our school has a standing broom in the hallway that has been there for most of the day. It is ANGLED and OLD and it is STANDING ALONE with no support. This is reality not fantasy as the author of the article would like us to believe.
      This is great. It’s not magic, it is fact!!!

    • Sorry guys! You are bad wrong! I grabbed the angled broom from my closet about 15 minutes ago, didnt try to balance it, simply let go, and bingo…standing on its own. Got the pics to prove it. Might want to do a bit more research before going online and looking – well, ignorant! Good luck!

    • cippy

      I agree w/ you from Texas, I have 2 brooms one w/ a nylon bristles & a metal handle very used & worn & isn’t flat by any means & another broom w/ straw bristles & a heavy wooden handle. I’d heard that right now there is a “solar flare” which is causing this phenomenoa to happen all over the world. I tried it & it worked, I’ve got pictures. I called a friend who lives 2 hours away, & I told her to hold her broom up…at first it wouldn’t stand she kept trying & hers is at a complete tilt…but isn’t falling…completely defying gravity! Only other place I’ve heard of this happening is in a vortex. Is this going to continue? Or is it only in Spring? Any scientific answers, I’d love to hear about it-It’s very COOL for sure!

    • Darlene Johnson

      Just went in the kitchen and stood my angled broom up. Very simple.

    • metu

      Totally agree! Just tried it with our angled broom. And yep, stood up by itself and is still standing as I speak (write)!! If I could upload a pic of it -I would.

    • Mine is the same. An older and angled broom. Stood up all night alone.

    • leslie k

      Right there with you. Old, angled bristled broom with some bristles bent upwards. Works like a charm, standing tall! Pretty cool.

    • Dp

      Mine too. Old, angled broom with tattered brissels. Stood mine up on the tile in the kitchen and stood our even older and tattier angled one outside on a unlevel patio stone in our yard.

    • anita

      I also agree. I had someone tell me of this just today. I called bulls__t! I tried it with an angled many year old short handled broom. The bristles are worn & stick out every which way. I even did it on a tiled floor that is not completely flat. It worked.

  • Amanda

    My ANGLED broom is standing straight up and has been for about 30 minutes now. Nothing is holing it up either! Wish I could post a picture to show.

    • cscadm

      We have recognized that we were wrong about that…but we welcome pictures…post them here or in the forum…we are currently looking for a standing broom next to an egg standing up as well…anyone that can bring that gets on the front page tomorrow! And a free copy of the Crisis Point novel… Any takers?

      • phish

        Booooo! Get your own facebook and your own weird friends that have nothing better to do all night that walk around their freaky brooms!!!

  • cscadm

    Well I couldn’t find it for the life of me… link maybe? But I do see you like Dachsunds so you are okay in our book.

  • Terrific Baby

    Nah…my mop stood up! So something is going on! No way all these brooms, mops, etc… are just standing on their own. Crazy!

    • cscadm

      Can we get a photo? LOL… preferably with an egg, broom, and eighteen copies of Crisis Point aligned in a row standing up perfectly.

  • Bekah

    I have a picture of my standing egg and broom, how do I post it on here?

  • Angie

    I have a pic of both also.

  • leslini

    My broom is angled and it has the dustpan on it. Its about 2 years old. Its been up all day even with my son running around it. Weird!

  • Robin

    My angled, 2 year old broom stood in my kitchen for 30 minutes before I got kinda freaked out and took it back to the laundry room :-) It will work with angled brooms!! Most definitely!

  • ashley

    I couldn’t get my bristled broom to do it but I had no problem getting my old straw broom to do it. I also felt the pulling effect. Lol I have a friend on fb that has all different styles and sizes of brooms free standing along with a mop. One of our gas stations has a penny and Nickle free standing as well.

  • Ron

    My broom is also angled and over 10 years old. It has been standing on its own in my kitchen for almost 48 hours.

  • julie

    It works with angled brooms, I tried it with a couple of different brooms one without alot of angle and used alot and one very angled and not used alot worked with both.

  • julie

    And they stood all night and are still standing.

  • Kristi

    I call bullshit on this article. I stood my angled worn out broom and it stood for a day in a half before my dog knocked it over. The person who wrote this article needs to do a little more hands on research before he starts calling the BS flag on everyone else!

  • Sean

    Haha. I’m sorry… This is a crappy article. The “experimentation” must have been filled with preconceived opinions about the outcomes. I have stood up several brooms now. One of them was an angled broom and one of them was a well-used old broom with straw bristles nowhere near “good condition.” I’m not saying that this means it’s a natural phenomenon, I’m just saying that this article was based off little, if any, actual research.

  • Sean

    Also, a very strange occurrence I noticed while trying to stand up a brand new broom: it actually fell west even though it was leaning east. That is the strangest part that makes me consider the whole idea of the Earth’s tilt or planetary alignment or whatever. It’s pretty cool, regardless.

  • Sweeps

    Not quite true about only nice new firm brooms doing this. My neighbor just came over with an old cruddy broom that her husband uses to sweep their garage. She stood it up on my front step and it just stayed like that until she went home. Weird looking…

  • pam

    yep, my broom is angled as well & standing on it’s own!

  • Aaron

    We have a used broom, so worn out only about half the bristles are on the floor yet it stands alone and it’s a leaner! Cool! The old mop stands alone too!

  • Clyde

    It saddens me that people would prefer to believe in any reason other than science. Why are humans drawn to believe some odd off the wall theory when they could simply do a little research and find that for all things “mysterious” there we can use logic and science to determine what is really happening. If we cannot avoid this foolishness, I propose the following: A group of countries which are secretly acting together as a world power have placed satellites in orbit which can have secondary effects on gravity; however, due to the use of these magnetic forces to control weather and the need for secrecy, the effects appear to varying degrees around the earth based upon the strength of the force employed to adequately control weather patterns. If one is not careful and begins to do scientific research into this phenomena and the group in control discovers this, you will surely be “secured” from those who you may reveal this to. I am sending this with the use of military spec cleanser which washes each letter clean of traces of identifiable information. You believe me don’t you, if not I will use my mind control to convince you.

  • Me

    It’s true. I just did it

  • krystal

    so my husband and i literally just heard about all this jazz… we tried with our broom (angled) and it stood up… but then we tried with one of his fishing poles (without a reel) and this worked too…. I have a picture. Can anyone explain this?

  • Rob

    At first I calle BS, but I found sites like this. My broom is old an worn, wont stand up. Now my gf wants to go to walmart to test it. Lol

  • joe c

    So, I work at a Sams club and learned of this tonite. Decided to take every single spill station broom in the store and stand each of them up in relatively unorthodox locations. 3 of which have now been taped with paper drawings of hands/buckets etc. in the likeness of the Disney filmed fantasia

  • indywndy

    Your theory if false, my broom is angled and not only that, its handle is bent! It stands on its own…now what?

  • Amy

    Can I just say everyone in the comment section sounds like a bunch of hyped up housewives? I bet you’re the same people that sell all your worldly possessions everytime a nutjob claims the world is going to end. ITS A BROOM PEOPLE. It’s called PHYSICS & center of gravity. If you notice, a broom is much heavier on the end with the bristles. That makes it a low center of gravity. No matter which way the bristles or handle sit, the handle is still lighter. Get over it, there’s no holy ghost, no alien activity, you all sound like you belong in a looney bin. The comments here are way better than the article itself, thanks for the laughs!

    • Science is Amazing

      If you ask me, the only thing proven by this article and peoples comments is what a complete failure the American educational system has become.

  • Karren

    We got an angled broom to stand up on its own!

  • Connie

    mad cuz i tried to make 4 differnt brooms stand up and not one of them did? How are you all making your brooms stand up?

    • cscadm

      keep at it connie, i assure you it can be done. And with four different brooms, you should have no problem? Be patient and try to feel the gravity at work ;)

  • Brian

    Simple physics people. Get a life.

  • Karen

    My soft, flimsy angled broom (used by others for the last 2yrs, as I dont prefer this flimsy useless broom)& my daily used 4yr old broom, which is flat but used for s weeping not only my hard floors, but my rugs as well, both stood for nearly 3hrs…i even walked between them 2 times before one finally fell, & oddly enough the flat one fell before the angled one…

    • cscadm

      Yes, we have recanted that argument. Thanks so much for sharing. It is kinda amazing, but alas, not paranormal in any way.

  • Tom

    Is Dan the Man wearing a Thundershirt?

    • cscadm

      He is, Tom. And even that couldn’t interfere with his fascination with the standing broom? This is some scary shit going down.

  • Trisha

    OH CRAP! That broom went on their own. OH NO I have a bad dream tonight. LOL It done hit me before in 2000. Does hurt. How long the broom stay? I don’t like this idea! LMAO

  • ann

    My brother made a paintbrush stand on its own. So other objects can also do this.

    • cscadm

      No doubt. Part of our point is while the broom standing on its “own” is undeniably cool, it is not a paranormal phenomenon. Just cool, that’s all.

  • Taylor

    You are most definitely wrong. i just stood one up at work, and it is a very old straw bristled broom. also my friend stood one up that is VERY old, so old that the bristles are falling out, and it still stood. so you need to do a little more research.

    • cscadm

      We have posted an addendum to the article stating that we did give up too easy. Glad to hear all of you speaking out, though. Thanks so much.

    • cscadm

      No argument here. We have since investigated and found that is a lot easier than we first thought. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

  • I kind of think this is a bunch of bull. I should try dancing on one foot with an egg balanced on my nose. It might actually work this week!

  • arty6164

    My wife heard about this yesterday morning from our daughter and tried it. The straw broom stood about an hour before falling but the angle broom is still standing after almost 36 hours. It is under our ceiling fan and ac vent but has not moved. We walk around it very carefully. I will leave it standing until Obama is out of office.
    p.s. if it falls I will stand it up again and not tell anybody.

    • cscadm

      LOL you’re crazy, arty. Thanks for sharing, and who knows? Maybe that broom can come down sooner than we think.

  • Vicky

    I don’t know how or why, only that my broom is standing without support in the middle of my kitchen. If only it would sweep on it’s own—-

  • cscadm

    It’s not always easy, but I bet you can do it. If not, get another broom LOL

  • cscadm

    Try another broom. It is easier with a newer broom, although many of our readers have indicated that it can be done with a broom with a lot of wear. Don’t be discouraged, and it definitely has nothing to do with what day it is. My broom has been standing in the living room for two days now, despite two crazy dogs constantly sniffing it.

  • Laur

    My broom is pretty dang old and has been used for years yet still stood today on it’s own, so “fairly new” doesn’t cut it. And can anyone explain the egg phenomenon?

  • Jamie

    Husband has a picture of broom and eggs together on fb, not in same image bc phone lense wasn’t wide enough. But I can give you other names of some people with pretty awesome shots of all in one picture. My husbands name for fb: Matt Gower, another friend with eggs/brooms: Dan Baiotto

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3440287693833&set=a.3440285693783.165219.1469774682&type=1&theater

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.3440285693783.165219.1469774682&type=1

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/mattgower7

  • Vee

    I will be a lot more impressed when the broom cleans my house by itself!

  • Tera Kiser

    I can honestly tell you why it is doing this…..for all of you that dont know and for the ones who do and already posted about it im sorry i didn’t read all of them. The reason your brooms are standing on end is because of the equinox…..it happens twice a year…this is when the earths axis lines up with the suns making a straight line basically…..causing gravity to be messed up and in a few places and items things can stand on end…you can also do it with eggs not just brooms they will stand on the small end of the egg by themself for hours…the equinox doesnt last long tho, some have about 24 hours some places can experience longer…it just depends.

  • Crystal

    Yeah…My angeled broom has been standing on it’s own for over 3 hours now!!! I also got an egg to stand on it’s own, skinny side down, which has also been standing for over 3 hours! So, this whole article is full of crap…

  • Balancing brooms and pillows...?

    I got a broom and a pillow to stand up on their own. Ok, broom I understand, but pillow?
    Also, I’ve been dragging all week, haven’t weighed myself yet, but I feel heavier than I normally do… So please explain the pillow and the weight gain. I should note that my diet and exercise is the same…

  • Katlyn

    I have a photo of 4 eggs standing on a table by themselves. Where do I send it?

  • Zach

    I just wanted to say I tried this today after the “big solar storm” and my angled broom will stand up but only when the bristles are long ways between north and south. It will actually try and spin if I try standing it up between east and west. Just thought I would share what I found. Thanks.
    Zach.
    Michigan, USA

  • Jessica

    I have a photo of an angled bristle broom standing on it’s own…has been for about an hour now. I haven’t tried the egg thing yet – but I will be doing it when I get home. I’m not totally convinced that this wouldn’t be possible any day of the year. I still can’t find anything credible supporting the theory that this is a special circumstance.

    If you list an email, I’ll gladly send in my broom pic.

  • Davidius

    So how often have you tried to stand a broom up before? You acted all surprised that it’s possible, against your logic, but have you seriously tried this before? What do you have to compare it against? Nothing…

  • WOW!!!!! People are simply getting more and more ridiculous as time goes on. It’s really no wonder that the Mayans, prophesied the end of the age for 12/21/12, people need it…. BADLY, it truly is a simple case of physics at work, this coming from a proud and adamant supporter of the Existence of spirits, Spirit Magick, Nature Magicks, etc. I work with many power forms on a daily basis, but this is simple physics none the less, people will call anything unusual a phenomenon anymore, the bristles spread out just right to allow it to stand alone, a simple soft tap will knock the broom down, no matter where you are at, similarly an electrical current of any kind under or around will also affect the way it stands and the soft pull you feel would be the electrical current which people themselves can NOT feel it consciously but it does have an affect on everything, Similarly the spirits have the ability to hold things without it looking like anything is holding, but the facts remain the same that the brooms are in fact a simple matter of physics.

  • All of the remarks are interesting. I have two brooms. Both stood, however, one would only stand for about twenty minutes and the other has been standing in the center of my kitchen since Monday Night (March 5) around 10:55 p.m, until this morning when I was in such a rush to get to work (running late) and I knocked it over :( I wanted to see how long it would stand on its’ own before it fell. I did try the egg, however, this did not work for me.

  • Judi

    I did the egg (which is still standing after 24 hours) the broom (same time frame) and a quarter and a dime (same time frame) My granddaughter did the broom with the egg next to it and got both to work and sent me the picture. My daughter posted it on facebook.

  • Judi

    I don’t know how to post a picture of the angled broom, the egg and the dime and quarter.

  • Dana

    My angled broom is standing up east to west..

  • Lauren Roskos

    So if it’s just about center of gravity how does this work? http://s224.photobucket.com/albums/dd59/roskos15/Broom/?action=view&current=ramdog.jpg

  • Ok sooo I agree with whoever made this page. I have 2 different brooms. One with a plastic handle with flat bristles in good shape and one with a metal handle with bristles that are worn out and going in all different angles. One with good bristles stood and I saw the pull effect too it was because the broom was finding it’s balance. Then I tried the other broom with the worn out bristles and it didn’t stand. No matter what I did. I tried spreading the bristles and everything. It did not stand.

  • ConnieYearwood

    Today I tried many brooms. All of them stood worn out, angled, ones with handles off center, etc. The most amazing was a push broom with worn out, curved bristles. It stood on the edge with the handle in a 2:00 position instead of vertical. I wanted to post the picture here but didnt see an option for that.
    There is no way I will believe that brooms have always been able to do this. Believe me, I thought rubbing a balloon on my head and sticking it to the wall when I was a kid was the coolest trick ever. If a broom could have stood by itself then, I would have shown everyone. Plus: if brooms have always been able to stand by themselves, why have people always propped them in the corner? Why not just stand it up wherever you finish sweeping. Today the art teacher at school stood all kinds of paint brushes up. Made for an exciting day at school.

  • Rita Weatherbee

    My daughter and her son, in Brookings, SD, called us tonight saying that they got their broom to stand up and she said it was because of the planents lining up. We decided to try it out and we got our 2 year old angled broom with used bristles to stand up for over 20 minutes before we took it down. We are in Gloucester, VA. You could feel the energy around it as you tried balancing it. I agree that is probably something that you can do any time of year…this was our first attempt and we were having fun with it and very surprised that it worked. It took some time to get it to balance, but when it did it had a strong feeling around it, like nothing was going to move it. Being heavy set, when I walk in the kitchen it makes the fridge rattle and the broom still didn’t fall down. That was amazing to me. Whatever it is, it was fun speculating and finding info, like this site.

  • Maureen

    I just got 6 eggs to stand on my counter and my 6 year old angled broom! Very creepy!

  • msue

    We tried this as of 9:30pm Utah time and were able to get 2 brooms, a mop (the kind where the bottoms twists up to squeeze out the water), and bottles of pop with various amounts of liquid to balance in a way they shouldn’t have. Then about 11pm everything fell at once. They were spaced far enough apart not to hit each other when they fell, but then we weren’t able to get them to balance again. We had people dancing all around them….I have tried similar things in the past and was not successful. Both brooms were angled (I know they posted a correction) but also the handles had to point in the same direction, almost like if they were magnetiazed. Also, something I learned in geology recently (college course) is that we are going through a polar shift and in a thousand years or so, the north pole will actually be “south” pole instead. We did have the recent solar flare, we have a full moon, it is close to the equinox, and I am sure that the planets are lined up in a specific pattern.

  • Alicia VanBebber

    My angled broom was able to stand freely last evening…and all night long. No trick photography here.

  • Corinne

    You say it is just a flat broom. We just stood up an angled broom. How would you like some documented proof that an angled broom can stand on it’s own. We took a lot of pictures last night and even stood is up on tile and on top of the table. Your statement that no angled broom can do this, get back to me and I will send you all the pictures you want because it was a real phenomenon to me. The broomj is not brand new, been used and the bristles are rolled on the edges. So when making a statement, be sure of what you are putting out there. I would be more than happy to give you any information I can to further your knowledge. I am just a homeowner and wife, but it worked for me.

  • Mr Wizard

    Theses brooms are out of control. I have a variety of old brooms around this house and after testing this it was pretty amazing to see what had happened. I have had a broom standing in the middle of my living room for 3 days now. I have a 7 year old and a 3 year old as well as a Jack Russell terrier running around and it is still standing on a hard wood floor. This particular broom is the one we have been sweeping the kitchen with for a few years now. It is one of those angled brooms with a metal handle about 5′ high. I had brooms balancing on the hood of my cars, random places on my gravel driveway, on the deck, in the yard, on 2×4′s randomly placed around the property etc. The creepiest one is the cars since all the surfaces are not level at all. I understand the physics behind it but many of these brooms and situations are beyond the laws of physics just due to the geometry involved in some of these cases. I have busted out laser levels and tried to figure this stuff out and something is going on. Who knows what it is. I have also noticed that my compasses are off lately as well. I never really much payed attention to it until I read the article concerning the airport in Florida where they actually had to change the runways dues to readings being off. The guy says it happens all the time but he has never had once actually change so drastically. Who knows.

  • Jen

    this site is called common sense….the broom trick is nothing more than common sense.it has nothing to do with satalites, solar storms, time of day, time of year, or any of the other ridiculous comments have read on the internet. the base is big enough to balance the broom. the wear and tear, size, or shape of the bristles does not matter unless the bristles are so messed up it dont make the base big enough to be balanced. the direction of the angled broom handle does not matter. i have one and with a few tries i made it stand faceing all directions and to top that off my floor slants to the south. im no genius just have more common sense then most of you guys which is sad that so many of you are lacking it.

  • Stacey

    Well I did it with an angled broom and it worked for hours. So I tried with my mop and it worked. Explain that one :)

  • T

    This just shows that “A person is smart. People are stupid.” — Agent K

    Maybe everyone should read more, go to college, get a degree in something besided teaching pre-schoolers, and maybe your day-to-day lives would make more sense lol.

    Who am I kidding….. “Devolution” at its finest.

  • i do have a picture of a broom with bristles so bad it makes the broom stand on an angle but was still able to stand it up but dont believe it has anything to do with anything other than a little patience and some skill

  • lisa

    just wanted to say that my slanted broom stood up…and at first i was all about the physics…i also stated to my family i believe its because the brooms are flat and stiff bristled. the broom i used was in fairly good shape. but what got me was…i stood an EGG up on its end, right next to the broom. so if the broom stands on its own due to the flatness…what about the egg? it has no flat surface and it stood up right along side my broom…i have pics on my Facebook if you dont believe me! so someone give me a logical explanation for that!

  • Jill

    Cool. I just tried this with my angled broom. Worked great. I did feel something “pulling”, but I suspect it was the straighter, taller inner bristles. I think I will leave it there to freak the kids out.

  • I was shown this aswell as the egg balancing by my uncle and told it was a leap year thing and was due to the summer equinox (was back in march of this year) Since then i’ve been standing up brooms of all shapes, angles and wear conditions, almost EVERY broom out there will stand on it’s own given some patience and carefull technique of getting the bristles in position.

    hEre’s one i did today at a friends house to spook him a little.. (acted like i just found it that way at first LOL)

    lilnk if html doesn’t work
    http://i548.photobucket.com/albums/ii330/turboglenn/broom.jpg
    And here’s another after I admitted to it to show him

    direct link
    http://i548.photobucket.com/albums/ii330/turboglenn/broom2.jpg

    DO i still get a book being that it’s already almost May 2012??

    Glenn

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