My wife, a retired engineer, read a couple days ago that strange things can be done on the vernal equinox (today)
One was that a broom will stand vertically on its bristles. She selected a random broom and is now conducting an experiment:
Personally I'd say that the experiment verified the hypothesis that strange things can happen on the Vernal Equinox.
1) It was the Vernal Equinox
2) The broom stood on it's bristles
3) This is strange
The fact the broom may be stood on its bristles on any other day, which would be equally strange, does not disprove the hypothesis. If the
Old Wives Tale
hypothesis stated that the Vernal Equinox was the only day a broom could be stood on its bristles then achieving said broom verticality at any other time would disprove it.
My personal hypothesis is that the act of standing the broom on its bristles during the Vernal Equinox has imbued it with the mystical potential to achieve bristle based uprightness at any other time in the future. However the wicked Autumnal Equinox may undo the good work of the Vernal Equinox, causing said broom to assume a more horizontal relationship with the floor, a sure sign that winter is on the way....
Or at least that's what the little men in the red pointy hats who gave me the mushrooms said.