Zack Danger Brown asked Kickstarter for $10 so he could make potato salad. He hadn't even decided on what kind yet. Before the campaign was over, Brown had raised $55,000. This good guy put most of the money toward fighting homelessness in Central Ohio. Way to go, Potato Salad!
Griz Coat is a giant cozy jacket that looks like a bear. So naturally, almost 200 people donated more than $29,000 to get Griz Coat out there. The campaign was so successful that the company also made a polar bear version of the coat. Who doesn't want to be a bear? This Kickstarter answered that question, and the answer is nobody. Nobody doesn't want to be a bear.
3. Graphing the Deliciousness of a Chicken Burrito
Graphic design student Noboru Bitoy launched a Kickstarter to raise $8 for a chicken burrito from Chipotle. He promised to eat the burrito and rate it on a "Deliciousness Graph." Needless to say, he raised over $1000, giving him a 13,000% success rate””a Kickstarter record. Bitoy then went on to rate the 24 different combinations of chicken burrito available at Chipotle AND eat a burrito while skydiving.
The entire description is, "It's a giant inflatable sculpture of Lionel Richie's head." So obviously it was funded and brought to life at Bestival, a music festival in England. To Richie's giant head I say, "Hello. It is you we're looking for."
"We love meat and we love soap." So starts the description of one of the strangest Kickstarter projects ever. Just because you love two things doesn't mean you should combine them. And I may be assuming here, but I don't think smelling like meat is a desirable trait for most. Of course, it was 127% funded.
Now this is a cause I can get behind. A man named Kevin Broccoli raised over $5,000 to get Pug-let, his all-pug production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, off the ground. It started out as somewhat of a joke, but the public didn't think so. Now the play, complete with pug actors, is set to be performed this coming September.
Evil geniuses Travis and Nick Peterson designed one of those birthday cards that plays music (inane birthday jingles) when you open it. However, unlike other musical birthday cards, this card doesn't stop playing the music until either it's broken or the battery dies. It's the simplest, most beautiful way to torture a loved one on their birthday.
Poop is an Uno-like card game where the first player to run out of cards wins. You take turns "pooping" but you have to make sure not to clog the toilet! Some of the cards make players do crazy things like grunt when it's their turn or make farting sounds. They raised almost $12,000 to make their poop dreams a reality. Poop.
Artist Michael Barrett raised $854 to make the world's largest jockstrap. The Guinness Book of World Records even accepted his proposal and recognizes "The World's Largest Jockstrap" as an official event. Thank goodness, am I right?! The world's been missing something for a long time and I hadn't been able to put my finger on it...but this is definitely it.
Kurt Braunohler is a brilliant LA comedian who crowdsourced the funds to hire a skywriter "to write stupid things with clouds in the sky." Then he crowdsourced the said stupid thing that the man should write and the overwhelming vote was for the phrase, "How do I land?" And then it happened. Braunohler is a king of pointless, funny stunts and we hope he continues on in this fashion for a long time.
Fred Benenson raised $3,676 to translate Herman Melville's Moby Dick into emojis. Sure, it's an exercise in how language has changed with technology and blah blah blah, but it's also super silly. I wonder which version is harder to read...
Toni Rocca had the thought, "Man, I wish there was a game where I flirted with adorable bears." And presto! She began developing Bear Senpai, a dating sim in which you date a bear. To be clear, it's an actual bear...with which you can have human conversations. Unfortunately, it did not get funded. But it will always live on in our hopes and dreams.
It's described as, "A Giant 10-person Eagle Bicycle with Beautiful Metal Wings and Flaming Eyeballs! Visionary Green Art Transportation!" Or, in other words, "Useless!" Needless to say, it went beyond funded.
Lefties will no longer have the ink-stained battle scars of smudged writing. Thanks to the Southpaw Protector, your hand will be clean and your peers will stare at you endlessly. Nevertheless...FUNDED.
Bacon is great. We can all agree on that. Is it great enough to warrant an entire brand of bacon jewelry? Apparently. Greg Kiesow started a Kickstarter in 2012 and it was so successful that it's become a whole business. He sells crystal bacon earrings, necklaces and Christmas ornaments.