Tumbleweeds: the Tribbles of the American West. We typically think of the roaming plant matter as little more than a prop in the backdrop of our favorite westerns, but as one driver recently found out, high winds can turn tumbleweeds into a serious hassle. How serious? While traveling through Midland, Texas, the driver in question watched as the entire roadway ahead of his vehicle became covered in the dead plants. The quick video below shows the migrating weeds bounding through the air, bouncing off of his vehicle and continuing on their way. We can honestly say we've never seen anything like it before.

While we feel bad for the driver's paint, at least the weeds are mostly harmless. You can check out the hilarity for yourself in the video below. If you'll excuse us, we need to revisit our Ennio Morricone playlist.



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      WhoMeWhere
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crazy side fact: Tumbleweed is not native to the US. It is thought to have shown up because of grains Russian immigrants had brought over
      Chuggowitz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does this look so disturbing?
      AZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing he wasn't driving a convertible.
      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fun fact: tumbleweed is an invasive plant, native to the grasslands in eastern Turkey and southwestern Russia, and arrived in the US in a commercial shipment of alfalfa seed that was delivered to Portland, Oregon near the turn of the 20th century. All those Westerns with tumbling tumbleweeds are totally anachronistic, because there were no tumbleweeds in the US in the 19th century. WOO! Get to use my invasive plant ecology degree on Autoblog, today's a good day.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        It's all finally paying off eh?
          Snark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Return on investment? Well, I'm making $30k more than most of my friends who stuck it out for PhDs are, and I've got a pretty decent job in the consulting field, so I'd say it paid its way.
          joe shmoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          haha. So what's the return on investment so far?
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was weak.
      Rampant
      • 2 Years Ago
      "mostly harmless" my ass. I had a small one *less than 18" if i had to guess* destroy the front grill of my car just today. My insurance company is going to LOVE me.
      PICKLEBOY
      • 2 Years Ago
      He's going to have awesome stripes on the side of his car!
      illegalmachine2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yup. Definitely Midland/Odessa. Definitely headed to an oil field.
      RustyShackelford
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a typical dirt (caliche, most likely) West Texas farm/ranch/oil field road to me. Not exactly "the open road" if it is.
      Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been attacked by tumbleweeds larger than my car out in the Mojave desert. That's some exciting stuff.
      nassau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tumbleweeds can be dangerous to more than paint. They contain resin, and if drug under your car for a distance can light with intense flame.
      icerabbit
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes the paint job :/ I hope I never encounter something like that in my personal vehicle. Nor a rental car. Ouch ouch ouch ...
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