- A viral tweet claimed NASA said February 10 would be the only day a broom could stand up on its own because of “the gravitational pull.”
- Internet users, celebrities, and influencers posted photos and videos of themselves testing out the theory.
- But the trick can actually be done any day and is a gimmick that usually appears around this time of year.
#BroomChallenge Sweeps the Internet
By now you’ve probably seen people all over the internet posting pictures and videos showing their brooms standing up all on their own.
That’s because one viral tweet shared Monday suggested NASA said it was the only day a broom could do this “because of the gravitational pull.”
Though there isn’t actually any information from NASA that supports this, the internet ran with it anyway. Thousands of people took to social media to post themselves trying to trick, thrusting #BroomChallenge and other related terms onto Twitter’s trending page.
She just made me mad😂😂😂😂 Twitter this better not work tomorrow 🤣 pic.twitter.com/5tfo91BwSE— THRILLA🅿️ (@YaBoiThrilla) February 10, 2020
Celebrities like Paula Abdul, Future, DJ Khaled and tons of others joined in on the fun with posts of their own. Even social media stars like Colleen Ballinger, Austin McBroom, and LaurDIY tested the theory out.
The trend eventually morphed into more than just brooms, with people posting videos of everything from Roombas to chicken wings standing upright.
The trend even got so annoying that people like Chrissy Teigen pointed out how dumb it was, though she later backtracked after seeing how much joy it brought people.
Well, we hate to break it to you but the truth is, you can make your broom stand up on its own any day of the year. And it has nothing to do with the earth’s gravitational pull on a particular day, planetary alignments, or a full moon, despite what other internet users might tell you.
It’s actually just the work of balance. The center of gravity is low in a broom and rests directly over the bristles. So if you can get the bristles positioned right (like a tripod), your broom will stand upright any time of the year.
However, the success of this challenge is also based on the kind of broom you have. If it wasn’t already obvious, flat bottomed brooms are more likely to stand upright. So if this challenge didn’t work for you, you might just have a broom that isn’t shaped best for this. But still, the failed attempts that were shared across the internet made for some pretty hilarious posts as well.
And if this whole trend seems familiar to you, that’s because it’s not exactly new. This gimmick pops up often – almost every year around the spring equinox, which won’t occur until March 19 this year.
It actually spread among Twitter users in Mexico and Brazil earlier this month, according to BBC. The fact-checking site Snopes even noted that the same challenge appeared in February 2012 and also exists in another form known as the balancing egg trick.
There’s even a YouTube clip from that year of a CNN meteorologist debunking the broom myth.
Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist from the University of Oxford, told BBC she could not believe the misinformation being spread online. “Broom balancing itself is not that impressive. It’s a good party trick. The broom is wide at the bottom and at the right angle can be balanced,” she said.
“We feel the same gravitational pull at all times of the year, so no matter whether it’s the spring equinox or not, the way the Earth is tilted would never be the cause of ordinary objects just balancing.”
Smethurst also said the spread of the false theory was actually surprising. “When I saw this today on social media and couldn’t believe what I was seeing in terms of the misinformation that was spreading. It highlights the importance of social media verification and using trusted sources from the scientific community.”
But LA-based meteorologist Cory Smith found the trend humorous and felt it provided an opportunity to talk about science.
Smith told BBC, “While it is discouraging to see people believe a false premise 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.”
Eventually, even NASA tweeted about the challenge, showing people that basic physics works every day of the year.
So don’t be surprised if you see another appearance of the #BroomChallenge in the near future, and if you do, at least now you know not to be fooled.
See what others are saying: (CNN) (The Daily Dot) (BBC)
Shane Dawson Says Hurtful Comments Are the Reason He Doesn’t Upload More
- Shane Dawson uploaded a video to his new YouTube channel dedicated to makeup videos and other “random” posts.
- Shortly after his latest video went live, Dawson shared a comment someone left about his weight, saying that comments like these are what keep him from uploading more.
- After a flood of support, Dawson apologized for posting the screenshot and said he was taking a break from the internet.
Long-time YouTuber Shane Dawson opened up on Wednesday about negative comments that make him hesitant to upload more content.
As you probably already know, Dawson has a massively successful channel with over 23 million subscribers. And while fans love when he drops a new docuseries, he regularly hears complaints that he doesn’t upload enough.
At some point during the process of his recent makeup collaboration with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, he was inspired to create a new channel, ShaneGlossin, which is named after a lip gloss included in his collection. Dawson does already have a second channel, Shane Dawson TV, though he hasn’t uploaded through that account in several years.
In January, Dawson made his followers aware of the third account, calling it a low-pressure place to post makeup videos and other random content.
Shane Tweets About Negative Comments
While his main channel has remained inactive over the past two months, Dawson has uploaded a few videos to his new channel, which currently sits at just over 3 million subscribers. On Wednesday, he uploaded a light-hearted video about his bedazzling obsession and shortly after the video went live, he shared a screenshot of a comment someone left under it.
The comment he shared read: “I love Shane but it’s a damn shame to watch him putting all this weight back on while everyone around him laughs and enables it.”
“Hey Shane why don’t u post more? Why don’t u upload more? Well… this 🙃,” Dawson wrote in the tweet that accompanied the screenshot. “You would think after 13 years on youtube comments wouldn’t get to me but damn… they still feel like the very first time haha.”
It’s no secret that for years, Dawson has been open about his weight insecurities, body image issues, and mental health struggles. After sharing the comment, fans quickly flooded him with messages of love and support.
In a follow-up post, Dawson apologized for sharing the screenshot “Thanks for the nice tweets. I appreciate it a lot,” he wrote. “Sorry I got sensitive and posted that. I usually just ignore stuff but I’m just in a weird headspace lately :/ I think I’m gonna take a break from the internet for a bit. Thanks for being supportive and having my back.”
While Dawson has been met with kindness from friends and fans, his post highlights the impact hate comments on social media can have on a person, no matter how big or small their following.
See what others are saying: (Dexerto) (Pop Buzz) (Distractify)
Ninja Sparks Conversations About Dealing With Gaming Losses
- Ninja tweeted that the phrase “it’s just a game” signals a weak mindset and was critical of players who are not angry after a loss.
- Some saw it as a message about improvement and taking the game seriously, while others used it as an opportunity to make jokes.
- But many said the comments send a bad message to his young audience and argued that you do not need to become angry to learn from a loss.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, one of the Internet’s biggest gamers, called out players who aren’t angry after a loss, sparking conversations about healthy ways to deal with failure.
On Tuesday, Ninja tweeted, “The phrase ‘it’s just a game’ is such a weak mindset. You are ok with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.”
“There’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle,” he added.
Many interpreted his tweet as an inspirational message about taking gaming seriously and agreed with him.
I totally agree, nowadays it’s mainly PvP, meaning someone with skills better than yours beat you, there is nothing wrong with striving to be the best or having emotions after a lost, it’s a game you care about, your passion for it should be unbeatable.— Xynotexx (@xynotexx) February 19, 2020
Others used it as an opportunity to crack jokes about his intense remarks, including Lil Nas X and KSI.
But plenty of others thought his comments actually sent a dangerous message about dealing with and learning from failure.
Gaming YouTuber Ohmwrecker, also known as MaskedGamer, disagreed with Ninja. In a response tweet, he said, “You don’t have to be a sore / salty loser and get all toxic to learn from a loss. I feel strongly losing helps you get better, especially in competitive games. Anyone doing anything competitive should find value in a loss, but don’t need anger to benefit.”
He also said it actually was weak to suggest that managing your emotions is “losing twice” and accused Ninja of trying to justify his own internal challenges.
Thousands of other users chimed in expressing similar sentiments about managing emotions.
Dig the sentiment but you can still care about your craft and not get angry after losing.— Cohh Carnage (@CohhCarnage) February 18, 2020
I used to get super angry when I would perform badly. But lately it’s much more about analyzing, learning, etc. Just accepting that losing is the first step in that process of learning.👍
Ninja Says He Never Suggested Violent Rage Was Appropriate
In a now-deleted tweet, another person called Ninja’s stance disappointing, “particularly from someone with an audience who will take this as ‘it’s ok to smash my keyboard/scream at my loved ones/punch a hole in the wall just because I lost a game.’”
Ninja responded to that user with, “Where in this tweet do I say punch a wall and smash a keyboard/rage? It’s the way you perceived the message 🤔”
When someone argued that Ninja was essentially telling kids to keep playing until they win otherwise they are failures, Ninja said, “‘There is always room for improvement, never settle’ is bad advice?”
The wave of backlash doesn’t seem to have changed Ninja’s mind about his long-running issue with people who say “its just a game.” One user even shared a clip of Ninja once commenting on this topic. “Imagine telling Lebron James, Tom Brady, that when they’re pissed off after losing a game that ‘its just a game,” he says in the clip.
“Are you kidding me? You’re so stupid. It’s the competitive nature bro. It’s about respect bro. It’s about pride. It’s so much bigger than a fucking video game, and anyone that ever users the excuse ‘it’s just a game’ is a horrible human being and is lazy.”
Facts though. pic.twitter.com/puQbtyVI8d— BR1CK (@BR1CKmixer) February 18, 2020
Jake Paul Criticized for Tweets About Anxiety
- YouTuber Jake Paul tweeted, “remember anxiety is created by you,” before advising his followers who might be struggling to remind themselves to be happy, relax their minds, and talk to a friend.
- Many found his comments insulting and dangerous, but others defended him for what they felt was a well-intentioned tweet with advice that some might find helpful.
- In a follow-up tweet, Paul opened up about his own anxiety issues and explained that he was trying to say there are ways to help cope, but he eventually deleted that post along with his initial tweet.
“Anxiety is Created by You”
Internet users are slamming YouTuber Jake Paul over a tweet about mental health that many found dangerous and insulting.
On Monday the 23-year-old tweeted, “remember anxiety is created by you. sometimes you gotta let life play out and remind yourself to be happy & that the answers will come.”
“Chill your mind out,” he added before recommending that those struggling “go for a walk” or “talk to a friend.”
The tweet prompted thousands of responses from internet users. Many, of course, joked that Paul had “cured” their anxiety.
Meanwhile, others fired back with more serious responses, including people who suffer from anxiety themselves.
Fellow YouTubers like Sierra Schultzzie also chimed in writing, “This is actually really harmful. Anxiety can be incredibly physical as well as mental. Mental illness is not the fault of the sufferer.”
“Please delete this, you are doing actual harm to your followers who very well may need to be seeking professional help for their problems,” she added.
Colleen Ballinger tweeted, “telling people with anxiety to just stop having anxiety does not help them with their anxiety.”
Andrea Russett wrote, “i can’t believe i’m paying $200 an hour for therapy when i could just remind myself to be happy.”
Paul Tries to Clarify
After seeing some backlash, Paul went back to Twitter with a follow-up post to expand on what he meant. “What I meant is that your anxiety can build up if you let it,” he wrote, “it doesn’t just go away.”
“Mine never does but there’s days where it’s really bad and then there’s days when it’s not as bad so if anxiety starts to build up there ARE ways to help it chill out.”
In another tweet, he wrote: “everyone is clowning my tweet but not it’s spreading more awareness about anxiety which I didn’t even know was a thing till I was 18 but had it my whole life & never knew how to deal with it.”
“If u think u have it or wanna deal with it try reading this,” Paul added along with a link to an article about coping with anxiety from Healthline.com.
In response to those comments, more influencers explained what exactly their issues were with his initial post.
Taylor Nicole Dean said, “ur tweet spread bAD info about anxiety bc it can stop people from getting help when it’s needed thinking they can just walk it off and chill :/ it was also a lil insulting to those who deal with it.”
ur tweet spread bAD info about anxiety bc it can stop people from getting help when it’s needed thinking they can just walk it off and chill :/ it was also a lil insulting to those who deal with it. those “clowning” r the ones providing good info. Just say my bad n move on 😭— taylor nicole dean (@taylorndean) February 18, 2020
Sky Williams responded by telling Paul his tweet was dangerous to his young audience. “Anxiety is bad enough as it is, but now you’re trying to make it seem like its our fault that we feel anxious. it’s just so invalidating and shortsighted. You should delete it.”
nobody is ‘clowning’ on your tweet— ♡♪!? (@SkyWilliams) February 18, 2020
your tweet is dangerous to your young impressionable audience. anxiety is bad enough as it is, but now you’re trying to make it seem like its our fault that we feel anxious.
it’s just so invalidating and shortsighted.
You should delete it.
Paul eventually deleted his initial post as well as his follow up tweet, but left up think link he shared about coping with anxiety.
Some Defend Paul
Despite the widespread backlash against Paul, many felt that his tweet was well-intentioned and could be helpful advice for some.
Honestly it wasn’t amazingly said but if you have a brain you could clearly see that he wasn’t saying it with bad intentions at all. I mean after all at least he is trying to help people. Everyone just needs something to hate on.— Zak (@ZakHoule) February 18, 2020
i think it should be noted that he is not saying this is a cure for anxiety. what he is doing is sharing a couple of things that help him cope with some of his own anxieties. this doesnt mean it will work for everyone nor is he arguing that.— andrea. (@Drey_Faris23) February 18, 2020
Others argued that he shouldn’t be attacked for trying to share advice that has helped him. Instead, those who took issue with his phrasing or message should use this as an opportunity to educate.