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and in the meantime is in a fugue state. I can’t be held accountable for any damages or injuries to, or loss of, your mind while visiting Goof City.

I will soon regain control of my URL.


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This Day in Goofery

December 5
1870: Birth of Willie “Bill” Pickett

Bill Pickett was a cowboy, rodeo performer, and the son of Thomas Jefferson…Pickett. He invented bulldogging, whereby you grab a steer by the horns and wrestle it to the ground by biting it on the lip. Bill developed this technique after watching cowboys herd cattle with bulldogs, which were originally bred to bait bulls.

Makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of that sooner.

These days, the steer wrestler gallops to catch up to a running steer, leans over to grab its horns, is pulled off his horse by the slowing steer and plants his heels in the dirt, further slowing down the steer and himself. He then takes one hand off the horns and grabs the steer’s nose, pulling it off-balance and throwing it to the ground. When all four legs are off the ground, an official waves a flag and a time is taken.

Pickett traveled the world with The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association, and appeared in the films The Bull Dogger and The Crimson Skull. Unfortunately, he ended up with one of his own, when he was kicked in the head by a wild bronco.

Bill was the first black man to be elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with the memorial inscription:

Like many men in the old time West
On any job he did his best
He left a blank that’s hard to fill
For there will never be another Bill.

Source: You can say that agin

Source: Bulldogger
License: Public Domain

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This Day in Goofery

November 30
1960: Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best arrested for attempted arson

Ever wonder why flaming condoms and Paul McCartney are so often mentioned together? Well, your mayor wonders why they are not! As Wikipedia relates:

In October 1960, the left Koschmider’s club to work at the Top Ten Club, which was run by Peter Eckhorn, as he offered the group more money, and a slightly better place to sleep, although by doing so they broke their contract with Koschmider. When Best and McCartney went back to the Bambi Kino to retrieve their belongings they found it in almost total darkness. As a snub to Koschmider, McCartney found a condom, attached it to a nail on the concrete wall of the room, and set it alight. There was no real damage done, but Koschmider reported them both for attempted arson. Best and McCartney spent three hours in a local prison and were subsequently deported, as was George Harrison, for working under the legal age limit, on 30 November 1960.

Source: Arson my arse!

Other accounts of the incident have them lighting rags or fabric in order to see in the dark club, but here in Goof City we prefer to believe that McCartney burned a condom out of spite. So much goofier than just plain wanting to see what you’re doing. They did end up in jail and were later deported from Germany to England for working underage.

Of course he is hardly the only youth to pull such stunts.

Young filmmaker JAAJPyroStreet on his YouTube channel, “Lets Burn Shit!” demonstrates Condom Burning 101, in the short film, “Flaming Condom!”

Source: JJAYPyroStreet

This, I believe, was the searing sequel to Flaming Tenis Ball! wherein he documents himself and a friend “lighting a tenis ball on fire and throwing a condom at it!!!!!” (The condom misses, perhaps suggesting the second film.) Judging from the order in which they are posted, Flaming Tenis Ball! and Flaming Condom!, led to the third of what I will coin, if I may, the term, JAAJProStreet’s Flaming TrilogyFlaming Tenis Ball in Cup Lit on Fire! In this masterful final take on the evanescence of life, the condom is merely alluded to.

Of course, Goof City advises you restrict your burning to Black Rock City, and instead enjoy the trailer for “Kid Tries to Break Pencil on Head.” In this provocative teaser we don’t find out if he succeeds in breaking it! Or perhaps “tries” is the point. Oh the humanity!

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