Why witches use broomsticks to
This mad theory was originally dreamt up in our office around
Halloween when someone asked why witches use broomsticks,
therefore I created the following explanation...
Ok, to answer the question regarding this rather underused
and extremely eco-friendly travel system we need to step away
from the flying around the sky part of the witches life and
look more closely at the unofficial history of the broom and
more importantly, the humble.....dust mite!
The dust mite is not as daft as it may at first appear. Although
it's diet may rather be limited it can be sure that any self-respecting
mud hut is likely to be full of dust and therefore it has
a guaranteed food supply for all of it's life (well for the
12.5 days the average dust mite lives at least).
Although the early brooms were just a bunch of sticks held
in the hand rather than the more familiar sticks wrapped around
a handle, the dust mites were quick to spot the potential
of this as the broom provides both dust to be consumed and
a means of transport between piles of dust - dust mite heaven!
Witches were the first to spot dust mites jumping on and
off these early brooms and therefore they formalised this
arrangement by making a permanent bunch of sticks for this
purpose and bringing into existence the broom that we know
Unfortunately for the dust mites, the witches plan for the
broom was exactly dust mite friendly as they would discover
to their cost. The witches waited until the broom was covered
in dust mites all eager to hitch a ride to the next patch
of dust and then provide the dust mites with an offer they
really couldn't refuse - yellow dust (the purest dust known
to dust mites!).
The mites would be promised that if they
served the witches for a total of 13 days, they would be provided
with this golden dust for the rest of their lives and live
in total luxury which of course to a dust mite is absolute
Firstly however the dust mites would line up on the broom
and in a co-ordinated effort would use the power in their
back legs to propel the broom forwards. With enough mites
pushing the air and the rather steamlined design of the broom
handle, the broom would soar into the air with a graceful
motion therefore thats how witches fly on broomsticks.
Those of you who have been following this carefully will have
realised the slight disadvantage this proposal had to the
dust mites and why the witches really did deserve their bad
For those who haven't spotted it, in paragraph 3 we said
the dust mite lives for around 12.5 days but the witches employed
them for 13 days therefore preventing any need for payouts
on the yellow dust....another reason never to trust a witch!
Back to mad theories....
So, thats why witches use broom sticks! (For the physics people,
it's all about surface area of a pile of sticks - mites per
inch if you like).