Video: The greatest local news story ever?

posted at 4:15 pm on August 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

A palate cleanser via Videogum and Red Eye’s own Andy Levy, declaring this to be the absolute pinnacle of its genre. He’s wrong — this is the pinnacle — but he’s not far off the mark. What are the odds, my friends, that the bottom of a stiff-bristled broom would be so uniformly flat as to let it stand on its own? One in, er, 100, maybe? Or is it silly to ask about probability where the hand of the Holy Spirit is so clearly at work?

Too bad they didn’t bring in a scientific expert to help crack this nut. Like, say, any local high-school physics student. Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

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I WANNA KNO’ WHERE DA BROOM AT!

MadisonConservative on August 31, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

What, you think the broom just evolved to do that?

malclave on August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Ummm….

A few bristles are stuck between the floorboards?

CurtZHP on August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

This is actually more than just a local news story…

CNN thought it newsworthy enough to send out their own crew to investigate

thecollegepolitico on August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

exit answer: yes.

homesickamerican on August 31, 2009 at 4:20 PM

That’s my ex-wife’s ‘other car’.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 4:20 PM

You realize that this was already covered on the Twilight Zone, right?

corona on August 31, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Don’t push the plunger all the way, Allah.

fiatboomer on August 31, 2009 at 4:21 PM

These kind of stories just make me bristle….
Maybe they ran the story because it was sweeps week?
Hey, Pelosi, your new “airplane” arrived…

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Thousands of really strong ants are holding it up?

Mr_Magoo on August 31, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Slow news day?

AUINSC on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

WITCH! WITCH! WITCH!!!

Orange Doorhinge on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

It’s obvious this broom was designed by something intelligent. Or Someone.

KTSavage on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Looks like a commercial for the new consignment shop to me.

NoLeftTurn on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I think if it was some sacred event the broom would sweep the floor by itself,not just stand there.

MikeA on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Pelosi, party on one …your broom is ready.

d1carter on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I think she may be confusing bewitched with the holy spirit!

sonnyspats1 on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Heh, that leprechaun video was hilarious. The amateur sketch looked like someone just did an outline of the Lucky Charms guy.

clearbluesky on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

Can you post a clip of Dawkins saying life on earth was seeded by aliens? That’s heroin for Christians and good laughs for agnostics.

Theworldisnotenough on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

great publicity for a new store.

ThackerAgency on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

You can’t get better publicity than that.

Ignoramuses will flock to spend their money there.

TheSitRep on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Another story for the dust bin of history.

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2009 at 4:25 PM

I saw some documentary years ago about natural phenomenons and something like this was in the show. It seems there is a place, I forget where it was, where brooms and even shovels can stand alone..it has something to do with the earth’s magnetic field.

Terrye on August 31, 2009 at 4:25 PM

There may be a spirit involved but I’m sure it isn’t Holy.

Rose on August 31, 2009 at 4:25 PM

A broom with bristles stuck in the joints of the floor is quite the miracle.

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

I’d take Broom Lady over Dawkins any day of the week. ;)

Emily M. on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

why exactly???

jp on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

She’s a witch, burn her!

She turned me into a newt.

rbj on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I once flipped a coin, and it landed on its edge. I was going to take a picture, but the coin fell over before I got the camera ready.

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

Sure, but I don’t get why. What does someone else’s belief have to do with an atheist?

Esthier on August 31, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Umm… That broom is standing at an angle!

faraway on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

I`d be really impressed if it started sweeping on it`s own.

ThePrez on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Why spend any $ on real investigative reporting, there’s a broom standing all by itself for christ’s sake!

Newsflash, this is a local story, but it’s just a local flavor for the problem that afflicts all of journalism today.

NickelAndDime on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Yeah, but if a broom falls in a forest and no one’s there to hear it…

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

If you’re going post a story about Christians today AP then I submit to you that this one might be more important, jackass…

http://www.newsok.com/slaying-details-of-anadarko-pastor-shocking/article/3396862

MechEng5by5 on August 31, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

YOU WANT TO BELIEVE every single UFO hoax but not this?

Fine. Show me some transitionary species between small hand brooms that can’t stand up on their own and this.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

This broom reminds me of Obama’s poll numbers. Hard to believe they’re still standing.

faraway on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Allahpundit: Hey… I don’t get out much. So sue me!

Cody Baker on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I was so, like, skeptical and everything until they actually picked it up and moved it to another part of the store!!!!

If you’re still not convinced after that, then I guess there’s no hope for you.

Also also, I’m going to make a killling manufacturing self-standing brooms if this is the kind of free publicity I’ll be gettting.

TexasDan on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

For those skeptics out there; This is obviously proof of the triune. How bout’ dem apples atheist? Hey let’s simplify this and just worship the broom.

whiskeytango on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Can’t watch at work, any chance she claims to be a Republican for the win?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2009 at 4:29 PM

speaking of atheist, see here: http://www.collisionmovie.com/

new documentary on one of Christopher Hitchens debates.

“Atheism has two main tenets, 1) there is no God and 2) I hate him”…heh

jp on August 31, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Can you post a clip of Dawkins saying life on earth was seeded by aliens? That’s heroin for Christians and good laughs for agnostics.

Theworldisnotenough on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

It’s “crystals” dude, “crystals”… now all praise and power to the broom.

tetriskid on August 31, 2009 at 4:31 PM

I hate it when Allah finds Christians so gullible that it makes me blush with embarrassment. Good Lord.

Jaibones on August 31, 2009 at 4:31 PM

If they invent a shovel that can stand up by itself, half of the highway workers in California will be out of a job.

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Newsflash, this is a local story, but it’s just a local flavor for the problem that afflicts all of journalism today.

NickelAndDime on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

My thoughts exactly.

kc8ukw on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I`d be really impressed if it started sweeping on it`s own.

ThePrez on August 31, 2009 at 4:27 PM

That’s what the woman is for.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I used to push my riderless bike down steep hills in the neighborhood and scream “GHOST RIDER!!!!”

The neighbor girls would scream, but this broom is…wow.

portlandon on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

How so? Do you think this epitomizes educated, thoughtful believers? I’ve met the dingbat atheist a time or two or three.

nico on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

anyone else not hear the sarcasm in her voice?

jp on August 31, 2009 at 4:33 PM

In the next few moments rockemronnie will show up to call the broom anit-semitic and probably a former policebroom.

kingsjester on August 31, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Sounds good for business.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2009 at 4:34 PM

That broom is already outpolling Romney.

Chuck Schick on August 31, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists Allahpundit, right?

Allah, its time for an intervention. If you don’t except this gift of a second chance at life, we are prepared to not allow you to borrow anymore money. We will NOT keep feeding your habit. /s

portlandon on August 31, 2009 at 4:35 PM

This story would be even better if it had some girls in bikinis in it.

notagool on August 31, 2009 at 4:35 PM

“….strange news swept through town.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

If so, that says a lot about atheists.

The holy spirit comment is a tiny side comment in the piece, basically saying she doesn’t know what it is.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM

The logical explanation wouldn’t have gotten her on the news and promoted her store.

Who’s dumber? The fool or the fool who reports on it.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM

It’s “crystals” dude, “crystals”… now all praise and power to the broom.

tetriskid on August 31, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Was it? Dang I need to find that clip for myself.

Theworldisnotenough on August 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Hey,. that’s my wife’s broom. How did they get it? My wife rides that broom all the time!

Jeff from WI on August 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I used to push my riderless bike down steep hills in the neighborhood and scream “GHOST RIDER!!!!”

The neighbor girls would scream, but this broom is…wow.

portlandon on August 31, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Dude, that was you?

TexasDan on August 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Those people in the leprechaun video look so smart.

Close your eyes and pretend that they too vote.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Well, obviously that’s a Wiccan’s Flying Broom.

Mazztek on August 31, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Hope n Change

PatriotRider on August 31, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Hey,. that’s my wife’s broom. How did they get it? My wife rides that broom all the time!

Jeff from WI on August 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

See my post @ 4:20.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Does she weigh less than a duck?!?! DOES SHE?!?! D8

Orange Doorhinge on August 31, 2009 at 4:39 PM

CNN thought it newsworthy enough to send out their own crew to investigate

thecollegepolitico on August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Well, they need something to do a story on. I mean, it’s not like the country is being overtaken by a corrupt marxist administration or anything. Nothing to see there.

UltimateBob on August 31, 2009 at 4:39 PM

The Lord is telling us to “clean sweep Washington, DC”.

bloggless on August 31, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Dude, I remember when an auto shop getting a new auto diagnostics system or something was considered front page news in my small(3,000ish residents) town… I was like, WTF?

ninjapirate on August 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

You realize that most atheists aren’t so full of self-doubt that they get pleasure from mocking what other people believe when it has absolutely no affect on their own lives, right?

Ronnie on August 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

sweepstakes..

the_nile on August 31, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Since the broom can stand up on its own, it’s already more qualified to be Senator from Massachusetts than Ted Kennedy.

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

If so, that says a lot about atheists.

The holy spirit comment is a tiny side comment in the piece, basically saying she doesn’t know what it is.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Call it what you want but I’ll call it optimistic idiocy.

whiskeytango on August 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Is Cleanliness Next to Godliness?

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

It’s standing up for itself because she’s getting a Swiffer Jet.

kingsjester on August 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The leprechaun link from the top was frikkin hilarious.

” It’s a crackhead and he got some bad stuff that put em up ‘dare”

I loved the black guy with the “leprechaun flute” that he got from his Irish grandfather.

Guardian on August 31, 2009 at 4:44 PM

You realize that most atheists aren’t so full of self-doubt that they get pleasure from mocking what other people believe when it has absolutely no affect effect on their own lives, right?

Ronnie on August 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Indulge the host/editor a bit of fun. It’s a palate cleanser after all.

AP is known to self-mock too.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Allah,
Why in the world did you post this…are you on drugs?

jerrytbg on August 31, 2009 at 4:45 PM

It’ll be a miracle when the broom can speak, sans teleprompter.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2009 at 4:46 PM

It’s standing up for itself because she’s getting a Swiffer Jet.

kingsjester on August 31, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Heh Good one.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I’ve heard the Holy Spirit referred to as “The Comforter”, but not the broom holder.

- Meanwhile: Rome Burns.

The Zoo Keeper on August 31, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

Any normal person watches that clip, and it’s just a broom standing. An atheist watches it and it’s pure heroin…? That sort of proves that God exists, somehow. I’m sure of it.

What is the deal with atheists anyway? I don’t think people aren’t naturally inclined to atheism, I think it’s a deep seeded physiological reaction. It ain’t normal.

Fish on August 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

The holy spirit comment is a tiny side comment in the piece, basically saying she doesn’t know what it is.

It’s not that comment that makes the clip appealing to atheists. It’s the whole metaphor of something mystical/unexplainable having a scientific explanation if you look hard enough.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I think I see Jesus in the bristles

drjohn on August 31, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2009 at 4:44 PM

What’s the heroin in it? Just hurting someone? That’s pretty lame.

Ronnie on August 31, 2009 at 4:48 PM

The Holy Spirit can make the broom stand up, but not sweep on its on?

I think the show owner is really a witch, and that broom is her ‘ride’.

therightscoop on August 31, 2009 at 4:49 PM


WITCH! WITCH! WITCH!!!
Orange Doorhinge on August 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM

HEY!

WitchDoctor on August 31, 2009 at 4:49 PM

What is the deal with atheists anyway? I don’t think people aren’t naturally inclined to atheism, I think it’s a deep seeded physiological reaction. It ain’t normal.

Actually, I agree.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Exit question: You guys realize that this clip is pure heroin to atheists, right?

Another straw man the Allahpundit.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

It’s not that comment that makes the clip appealing to atheists. It’s the whole metaphor of something mystical/unexplainable having a scientific explanation if you look hard enough.

Oh, thanks. I obviously misinterpreted the point.

Spirit of 1776 on August 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

It’s not that comment that makes the clip appealing to atheists. It’s the whole metaphor of something mystical/unexplainable having a scientific explanation if you look hard enough.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

You get high on that?

Ronnie on August 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Best. Viral. Marketing. Plan. EVER!!!

sonofdy on August 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

A better title might have been: “Greatest gratuitous slam of Christianity by Allahpundit yet!”

AP, I have a feeling you will remember this posts for a long time forever.

johnnybgood on August 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I loved the black guy with the “leprechaun flute” that he got from his Irish grandfather.

Guardian on August 31, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I laughed at that because it looked like a pin for holding scaffolding stages together.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

All that is needed now is a sign out front.

Michele Obama shopped here.

booter on August 31, 2009 at 4:52 PM

It’s the whole metaphor of something mystical/unexplainable having a scientific explanation if you look hard enough.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Which goes out the window when discussing UFOs.

Esthier on August 31, 2009 at 4:52 PM

It wasn’t the Holy Spirit, it was an invisible unicorn holding up the broom.

cubachi on August 31, 2009 at 4:54 PM

He’s wrong — this is the pinnacle — …

My favorite t-shirt

The Ugly American on August 31, 2009 at 4:54 PM

If this ridiculous story is important to atheists, it’s only the ones who are desperately trying to convince themselves of something.

Ronnie on August 31, 2009 at 4:54 PM

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