It started as a dream (or a joke, but whatever). Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio just wanted to get a $10 donation so he could make his first potato salad. But not even this American dreamer could have imagined what would happen next.
Despite Zack's warning that the potato salad "might not be that good," he's raised over $23,000 in less than a week on Kickstarter. His project will remain open for more donations until August 2, and he's really upping the stakes as the money continues to flow.
With every pledge, Zack promises new incentives for donators. Here's a small breakdown of what you get for pledges over $1: a $10 pledge gets you an invitation to hang out in the kitchen with Zack while he's cooking; $20 gets you a potato salad themed haiku; $25 gets you a potato salad themed hat; $25 gets you an Homage t-shirt; and $50 gets you a potato salad recipe book. All backers will get their names read aloud while Zack is cooking, and everyone will get a `thank you.'
Zack continues to update his Kickstarter page with new stretch goals. For example, when he reached $300, he said he'd "call a chef to get a better recipe," and when he reached $3,000, he said he would "rent out a party hall and invite the whole internet to the potato salad party" with a reminder that only people who donated $10 and above would be allowed into the kitchen.
People must really love potato salad, because this is outrageous. I mean, I'm all for a fun joke, and I can't wait to see what this guy is able to accomplish, but there are people like this guy from Tennessee who's only gotten $200 so far on his Kickstarter to raise money for his mom's cancer treatments. I can't really pass judgment because the only Kickstarter campaign I've donated to was in support of a friend's album recording. It's your money, and you can do with it as you please.
And who knows, maybe Zack will raise such an astronomical amount of money that he's able to get more people to help him in the kitchen. Then maybe they can donate pounds of potato salad to homeless shelters and soup kitchens! Or maybe he'll just donate extra earnings to charity! The possibilities are endless! Zack seems like he'd be open to suggestions on how to make this incredibly fun project into something truly spectacular, so why not give it a shot?
I wish you all the best, Zack. May your potato salad endeavors be delicious and rewarding.