Episode 27: Smollop: Oofty Goofty

Mom and Dad, I found a job!…Oofty Goofty.


two different stories about why Borchardt could not feel physical pain:

  1. …as the result of being thrown out of a Barbary Coast saloon onto a hard cobblestone street. Goofty reportedly would tour San Francisco, baseball bat in hand, and invite anyone who would listen to kick him as hard as they could for 5 cents, smack him with a walking stick for 15 cents, or beat him with a baseball bat for 25 cents. In 1891 John L. Sullivan (the Boston Strong Boy) struck him across the back with a billiard cue fracturing three vertebrae, and reportedly Goofty walked with a limp the rest of his life because of it. (Oofty Goofty/Wikipedia)

  2. In November, 1892, he was claiming that he had sat down in water for several years and had become partially petrified, thus immune to pain. He was betting people $50 that they could not make him cry out in pain by hitting him with a drill. (Oofty Goofty/Wikipedia)

Because, when I’m feeling saucy and strong, I prove I can be smacked with a drill. Sometimes, I go for a good bitchslap from a contractor’s level. Wows the guys every time. –Carla

Oofty Goofty’s entry in a quail eating contest, January 10, 1897, .pdf: Houston Daily Post: Oofty Goofty

and…*insert drumroll*…the Wild Man of Borneo’s entry in the Urban Dictionary! Now that’s 21st century infamy.

Ooggy-Goofty-1aparodied in the “Kid from Borneo” episode of The Little Rascals, aka Our Gang:

band names from this episode:

  • 21 Languages
  • Tar and Horsehair
  • Faking Fits
  • Wild Man of Borneo
  • Borneo Bound


About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.