It's come to our attention here at DNews that there's a rash of people claiming to be able to suddenly stand their brooms on end. The brushy end, that is.
Some folks think this has something to do with the coming of spring, or the vernal equinox. The spring equinox is the moment when the sun crosses the equator on its way north, signaling the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of it in the Southern Hemisphere. That happens this year, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, on March 20.
But why would brooms start standing at attention just now, weeks before the actual date? Because people are trying to balance their brooms just now, that's why. I had visions of brooms worldwide jumping simultaneously upright, but since mine didn't that couldn't be it.
If you try to balance an old broom, like the one I use to chase my mean duck into the pond, it won't work; it's the wrong shape. If you use a new broom that still has a straight bottom, it's not hard to get it to stand upright. Here are explicit instructions, if you're interested, but it took about two seconds for mine to hop to it.