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.”
EDITOR’s NOTE: Welcome all. We had the original #broomchallenge.