Oculus Rift, the Pebble smartwatch, the Pono Music player -- if you’ve got a great idea, Kickstarter can be the perfect place to drum up some PR and horde a tonne of cash before making your product or service a reality.
But, thanks to mankind’s inherent madness and the whims of the internet, sometimes you don’t even need a good idea to get your campaign fully funded. Where there’s a will (and possibly the use of hallucinogenic drugs) there’s a way with Kickstarter. Here’s our favourite selection of some of the weirdest Kickstarter campaigns that, inexplicably, somehow managed to get funded.
For anyone that’s woken up after a night on the lash to find themselves snuggling in bed with the remains of a cold doner kebab (...just me then?), a bar of “meat soap” may seem a) disgusting and b) a little surplus to your needs, given the meaty-chunks taking refuge between your sheets.
But there were still 42 backers willing to pledge $1,905 for a $1,500 goal to combine campaign starter Alli Dryer’s two loves: meat, and soap.
“We want to change your mind about what ‘clean’ means by producing our collection of meat-scented soaps!” read the campaign pitch. Though bizarre, there was an ethical goal behind campaign -- the butcher paper-wrapped soaps would be made from “animal based resources”, using animal byproducts discarded as waste within the food industry “to their fullest potential”, helping us all to feel a little less guilty about that little porky life taken for the sake of our delicious bacon baps.
Nighttime, sleeping dreams have been the spark of inspiration for some of the greatest works of art and scientific discoveries of all time. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? Came from a dream. The Beatles’ Yesterday? Paul McCartney’s dream. Einstein’s principle of relativity. Another dreamtime breakthrough.
A slightly less world-changing dream was the one that spawned Sakura Bready’s “Missy for Prez” Kickstarter. Bready, presumably loaded up on some sort of chemically enhanced cheese before resting her head, slept through a dream that saw hip-hop superstar Missy Elliott get her freak on as President of the United States.
“In one of the most bizarre dreams I’ve ever had, Missy Elliott was President of the United States of America,” said Bready.
“She wore a tracksuit in the oval office, a tracksuit in the conference room, and she also had a matching air force plane to match her flying tracksuit. “
This inspired Bready to look to Kickstarter to crowdfund those very three tracksuits. In my day, you had to get a job in McDonalds.
The best bit? She managed to convince 90 people to fund the project to the sum of $2,492 dollars. HOLLAAAAAA!
Wow, Kickstarter campaigners really do love their meat-based products. Keeping the savoury crowdfunding theme running a little longer is Greg Kiesow with his Crystal Bacon. Managing to convince 49 backers to collectively part with $2,786, he successfully funded this sculptural tribute to his favourite cut of pork.
While not true crystal (Kiesow, along with wife and daughter, make every rasher of Crystal bacon by hand using a “high quality acrylic plastic”), as a tongue-in-cheek (as opposed to tongue-on-bacon) accessory, the resulting earrings and necklace pendants are, admittedly, pretty funny.
As a statement of intent, it’s hard to find fault with the title of the “Detroit Needs a Statue of Robocop!” campaign. I mean, who would argue against any city not needing a statue of Robocop? Detroit’s second-finest export after Motown, the campaign creator’s Imagination Station Detroit set three prime directives for their Kickstarter: Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the awesome.
The awesome was upheld. Laughing in the face of a dismissive city mayor, the campaign amassed $67,436 for a $50,000 goal to have an effigy of the tin-can copper erected. However, it seems ED-209 may have the last laugh yet -- though funded and apparently finished, Robocop’s likeness has yet to make its way onto Motor City’s streets.
Of course, the absolute daddy of weird Kickstarter campaigns was Zack “Danger” Brown. His craving for potato salad is now the stuff of internet legend. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Brown had set a modest target goal of $10, in order to make a batch of his favoured picnic side dish.
“Basically, I’m just making potato salad,” read Brown’s matter-of-fact Kickstarter pitch. Throwing caution to the wind on a platform that demands detailed spec sheets and concrete delivery timetables, Brown even had the balls to admit that he “[hadn’t] decided what kind yet.”
And yet. AND YET; not only was Brown’s project funded, it positively smashed its goal. 6,911 backers pledged $55,492 to crowdfund the dish, enough to fund the project 5,549 times over (or for 16,781 packets of Tesco Finest Deli Style Potato Salad).
A man of such vision was never to be limited to simply potato salad however -- with the money collected, those that paid $20 will get a potato salad themed haiku, while $25 backers bagged a salad-themed hat. Who’s hungry?
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