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  • "Angry Tizard objects to rival's 'broomstick' insult". 2007.  (details)

The[edit]

The vibrating Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 Broom toy for 8-12 year-olds is somewhat controversial. It has been taken off the market.

I deleted that because I don't think it's a good idea to list every toy or sold product in the shape of a broomstick, there are hundreds of them, and I think it is also offtopic.

You can write "there are many toys sold with a broomstick theme, one of them is the vibrating Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 Broom toy (tm)" -- Rotem Dan 09:56 3 Jun 2003 (UTC)

It is worth mentioning because of the controversy. - Patrick 10:21 3 Jun 2003 (UTC)
I added something similar to what you suggested.

It desperately needs clarification of what the nature of the controversy is; if the controversy is notable, so is its subject!
--Jerzy·t 10:04, 2005 August 9 (UTC)

Polk County book[edit]

_ _ I removed

See also: Wicca and Appalacian Mountain Charms of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Polk County, North Carolina US (1923) privately published.

Besides being improperly formatted (is "Wicca" the first word of the book's title or not? Does the title include the word "Appalachian, or does it need a "[sic]" notation?), it reeks of unverifiability at best, and non-existence or creation with fraudulent intent at worst, and perhaps most important, unavailability to our readers. If we don't have a credible & economical place to lay hands on it, it can't be a "see" of any kind, tho it could appear as a report of claims that the book exists. (And the existence and notability of the claims of the book's existence must be verifiable, even if nothing else about the book is.)
_ _ I'd like to see this in the article -- provided it doesn't make us look like suckers.
--Jerzy·t 10:04, 2005 August 9 (UTC)

Proposed move[edit]

broom (tool) to broom. Broom already redirects here, so the article can be at broom. 64.193.70.223 21:49, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

Sure. —Nightstallion (?) Seen this already? 18:40, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

The History of the Broom vs Witchcraft.[edit]

Why is the section on Witchcraft so much longer than the section on the history of the Broom? Where is the archeaological evidence of early uses of the broom?

Surely there is more to know about this ubiquitous tool than Harry Potter references and its imagined use by witches?

Possibly add a link to Brush, because a broom might be considered an example of a brush. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 58.108.248.190 (talk) 01:18, 7 May 2007 (UTC).

Most of this section has no references and just sounds silly. If the information can not be documented then it should be removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Unicornforge (talkcontribs) 02:03, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Brooms in wider culture[edit]

Unsure if it is the right place to place it or if it is of any importance, but Halmstads BK supporters are called The Brooms and thougth it might should be mentiond. --> Halmstad, Talk to me 22:54, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Adding video content[edit]

Hey, I am working with the Global Lives Project, a nonprofit working to create an open video library of human experience. GLP has footage of an active project participant sweeping outside his convenience store with a large broom, could this footage of brooming enhance the broom article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ClaireRedwood (talkcontribs) 20:15, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

About 1 1/2 minutes into the clip! :) -ClaireRedwood (talk) 20:24, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
Here's an additional video of the same man using a modern broom (as opposed to the one made of wooden sticks). The video of the sweeping is roughly 1/8 of the way in the video. -FefeGong (talk) 21:32, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Possible source[edit]

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/design/2012/06/broom_history_how_it_became_flat_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2 might make a decent source for the history and manufacturing of brooms. WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:53, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Brooms or whisks?[edit]

General Buhari holding a broom at a campign rally.jpg

The illustration (right) claims to show brooms, but are these in fact fly whisks? Can someone with a deeper knowledge of Nigerian customs please comment? Thanks. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 09:09, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Here in Indonesia, similar tools are used as "hard bristle" brooms for sweeping walkways and whatnot. When they're frayed the fibers end up going every which way, as in the picture. — Chris Woodrich (talk) 23:58, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

File:Banaue Philippines Handmade-brooms-01.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Banaue Philippines Handmade-brooms-01.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on December 1, 2015. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2015-12-01. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. — Chris Woodrich (talk) 23:58, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

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Brooms

Typical Filipino handmade brooms in Banaue. Brooms are cleaning tools consisting of fibers (often made of materials such as plastic, hair, or corn husks) attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle. In Asian countries there is often a distinction between a "hard broom" and a "soft broom", named for the types of fibers used. Soft brooms are made for sweeping the walls of cob webs and spiders, whereas hard brooms are made for sweeping dirt off sidewalks.

Photograph: Uwe Aranas
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