Question: When is a broom able to stand on its bristles?

Answer: Apparently any time, but especially when people go on social media and post about it and say this day/night is the only time it can happen in 4,000 years or the entire history of dust.

If you happened to be scrolling through various social media outlets Monday, there were multiple posts about the "sorcery" of the standing broom trick and how a unique gravitational pull was allowing brooms to stand on their business ends. Plenty of people - including this writer - got on board and was amazed - AMAZED! - and how this strange housekeeping tool that 99% of the time remains in its namesake closet can - TA DA! - stand on its own.

Of course, it took some balancing by this writer to get the broom to stand by itself. And when it did, it was like the universe was focused on this writer's kitchen.

This was like Star Wars stuff! To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi about "The Force": "It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together." Yep, the galaxy was binding together around the wooden handle of whatever make and model broom we have and was holding it in place.

Then … people had to also take to social media and the Facebook to explain the "science" of it all.

Science experts, called "scientists," "say" that the broom's "center of gravity" rests above the bristles thusly creating the ability for said broom to stand at attention with no by-stander assistance. It's not a special day or the equinox or a passing asteroid or magic or fishing line.

(Insert sigh)

It's like in the first (true) Star Wars movies when they talk about the Force as some mystical … "force" - I can't think of a better word here - that can cause certain people to lift rocks and mentally connect with others to chat. THEN in the second trio of Star Wars movies, the Force is reduced to some sort of blood test or microscopic bug that actually causes rocks to levitate or mental telepathy.

Editor and Publisher Loyd Ford had a good editorial in a recent Lake News, talking about using the internet responsibly and not to disseminate false information. That's where we get a lot of "fake news." But then we, the news consumer, have to be cautious too and make sure what we are reading - and also what we are distributing - is not fabricated or just a particular slant from the left or right.

This is a prime example of being careful of what is on the internet and what we should share or promote on the internet. Otherwise, we all get "swept" up in something that's just not real.

Like magic.

Eric Walker is news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He can be reached at