Broom standing seems to be all the rage this week on Facebook. People claim that brooms are standing on end because of planetary alignment, the tilt of the earth's axis, the phase of the moon, and all kinds of other kooky reasons. I don't have a broom at home (my wife uses a swiffer), so a friend of the family suggested I take a picture of a vacuum standing up. While I am sure you would love to see that, I didn't do it.
Instead, we found a broom at the office. Rather than taking a picture, I made a video walking all the way around the broom and taking the camera over the top. The video is unaltered.
You have to ask yourself, "Who spilled the viagra."
The broom is free standing. There are no strings attached and no glue on the floor. Unfortunately, there is also no magic. This broom was carefully balanced to stand this way on its bristles. The key is to line up the broom's center of gravity with the contact points on the ground so that the center of gravity lies perfectly on the gravity vector.
In practice, that means you hold the broom up and make slight adjustments until it remains standing on its own.
Now, if it starts sweeping on its own, you should probably just leave the building.