Why tumbleweeds tumble


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/09/why-tumbleweeds-tumble.html


#2

Why do tumbleweeds tumble though?

Wind.


#3

What kind of plant is it before it’s a tumbleweed, though?


#4

#5

ascendweed.


#6

A… static… weed?


#7


#8

Russian thistle.


#9

Russian thistle.

(it’s an invasive weed)


#10

A Senator.


#11

That is a scientific fact.


#12

To get to the other side, duh!


#13

I believe these are the tumbling tumbleweeds you’re looking for:

…though these fellows were my introduction to the song:


#14

Thank you, you wonderful human.


#15

OK - but why do they hurl themselves in front of cars?


#16

I live in Phoenix, and I am deathly allergic to these damn things. I miss a lot of spring activities. I even had to carry an epipen in high school, and went to the hospital once for anaphylaxis.


#17

Right back at you!


#18

Also the preferred public transportation of mice…


#19

Incidentally, here are Bob Nolan’s original lyrics. You might notice something interesting.

A year after the Sons of the Pioneers/Roy Rogers success, Gene Autry made the movie Tumbling Tumbleweeds. It was partly filmed in Victorville.


#20

They voted for Trump?