10/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alabama NBC Affiliate Reports On Mysterious Broom

An Alabama NBC station is reporting that a broom is standing on its own, "unsupported," inside a consignment shop. Yes. That is what is going on in this clip: actual news resources expended to get to the bottom of what is causing this broom to stand on its own.

Naturally, I have no idea what any of this means, except that this pretty much nicely caps off the month of August, when the media traditionally runs out of news. This Alabama NBC station is lucky, actually. Think of all the affiliates that did not have mystery brooms to report on this weekend!

More important, however, is what this broom symbolizes to me. It's been a long summer of watching the health care reform debate deteriorate, crazy people yelling at lawmakers for daring to try to explain a piece of legislation to them, and wave after wave of cultural icons dying. To me, this broom represents a turn of the tide. It announces the change of a season. It suggests a renewal. And more than anything else, it reminds me that I should really clean the kitchen floor today.

Also, maybe this is "The Broom Of The System," an implicit reference to David Foster Wallace which reminds us that we only have a few weeks to finish Infinite Jest.

Anyway, thank you, heroic and magical Alabama broom, for all that you have endeavored to teach us.

[Via News1News]

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