Random Things that Have Been Stuck in Windshields
Many of the images on the Internet of random things stuck in windshields were staged and never happened. At least one involved an unconfirmed, suspicious pole in a windshield that supposedly happened sometime during cab driver Lloyde England's possible involvement in an FBI Black Op.
However, plenty of random things have indeed become stuck in windshields, though, like people and odd objects coming out of all kinds of places. This page lists some of the more unusual things that actually did end up stuck, plus some normal things that are often stuck on windshields as a part of everyday driving.
Weird Random Things that Really Did Get Stuck
People Getting Stuck
People getting stuck in windshields happens frequently around the globe. Sometimes they remain stuck for miles before the driver even realizes they are there.
1. In 2009, U. S. motorist, Christopher Swiridowsky, drove into a group of three men standing alongside a roadway in Providence, Rhode Island. The thirty year old driver allegedly continued driving more than a mile before stopping, breaking both of the victim's legs and an arm.
2. Twenty-six year old Sonny Whitehead, a pedestrian under the influence was struck by a car and had to be extricated from the windshield of a Ford Taurus by paramedics. Whitehead, who had stepped into oncoming traffic while walking with a friend, got both his head and right arm stuck inside the car after going headfirst through the windshield.
Random Objects and Items Getting Stuck
Random objects that have been stuck in windshields range from guns, axes, beams, $100 bills and stiletto heels. How they got there is anyone's guess.
3. One robber who shot and fired into a car lost his AR-10-like clone when the driver rammed into him instead of stopping, causing him to lose his grip. The gun became embedded in the windshield.
4. An improperly secured axe fell off a landscape truck in Topsfield, Massachusettes, becoming embedded partway in the windshield of the vehicle following behind it. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but that was cutting it close!
5. In December, 2015, a metal beam that was in fact a metal loading ramp trucks use to load and unload materials pierced the windshield of a BMW traveling south in San Jose, California, on Interstate 280. Firefighters speculate the beam fell off a truck traveling on the highway and reported the driver sustained only a minor scratch.
6. Holiday scammers in Maryland stuck $100 bills into windshield wiper blades to lure drivers to leave their car doors open while retrieving the money, creating a perfect opportunity to steal the vehicle. ABC affiliate news station WJLA reported the possible scam in November, 2014, but they were unclear whether this scam was only a potential one or had occurred.
7. These two stiletto heels in a windshield might "pique your Pinterest."
Things that Got Stuck in Movies
Random things stuck in windshields make for awesome visual effects in disaster movies and memorable publicity or public relations stunts.
How about geek character Clark's baseball bat striking all those windshields in the 2006 movie, Benchwarmers? Disaster movies like Twister are notorious for impaling poles and other objects in windshields to create dramatic scenes. Unfortunately, those objects are not as easily removed from real-life windshields.
Normal Things that Got (or Get) Stuck
Normal random things you might find stuck or embedded in a windshield serve practical purposes for today's transportation vehicles and industry.
8. Practically invisible circuitry delivers the vehicle's defrost system feature or houses anti-theft and safety alarm systems.9. Stickers and decals verify compliance with state and local vehicle safety. They may authorize property access and parking. We see a ton of these with our customers in Tempe who go to school at the main ASU campus, and with our customers in Glendale who attend ASU West.
10. Tracking devices that report driving behavior to insurance companies and global positioning satellite devices may also be stuck to windshields while in use.
11. Suction cup mounts used to stick a smartphone or GPS to your windshield are illegal or at least restricted in many states. The position of these devices could obstruct vision and compromise safety. Their adhesives can seriously damage the windshield if improperly installed on sensitive, circuitry laden-glass.
12. Drivers who frequent toll roads may have a chip embedded or stuck in their windshield or hung behind the rear view mirror that a toll pass reader can detect and deduct costs as the car or truck passes through. The wrong kind of UV blocking film stuck on a windshield can block signals that allow the chip and the reader to communicate, resulting in a ticket for the driver.