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NASA says that the viral 'Broom Challenge' is based on a hoax: 'Basic physics works every day of the year'

  • Twitter's newest viral challenge, known as the #BroomChallenge, inspired thousands of people to upload videos balancing broomsticks upright — demonstrating a supposed unique gravitational pull happening on February 10. 
  • The viral tweet igniting the challenge, however, has proven to be a hoax. 
  • In a statement to Insider, NASA called the challenge "harmless," but stressed the importance of people doing their own research before jumping on the latest viral trend. 
  • In response to the Twitter storm, NASA uploaded a video to Twitter demonstrating that brooms can stand upright every day of the year. 
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The tweet has received nearly 4,000 likes within an hour of its posting. 

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