8 Oddly Successful Kickstarter Campaignsexpand
The highly successful crowdfunding site Kickstarter is known for making people's wildest dreams come true; with the right supporters, it seems any project can come alive – some weirder than others.
1. Potato Salad
Asking for just $10 to make potato salad, Kickstarter user Zack Danger Brown has raised over ten thousand dollars – a whopping 1,000X more than he expected! Due to its baffling success, his rewards now include a potato-salad haiku, signed jar of mayonnaise, a potato-salad themed hat and even an epic potato salad party for those who donate over $10. Yet he cautions, “It might not be that good. It's my first potato salad.” Let’s hope this is some mind-blowing potato salad.
2. Meat Soap
Ever wanted to walk out of the shower smelling like bacon? Well, now you can thanks to Kickstarter user Alli Dryer. Through melting a variety of rendered fat, these meaty bars of soap are even wrapped in butcher paper and topped off with an adorable pink pig logo. Even though the soap is made from meat, she urges you: “DO NOT TRY TO EAT IT NO MATTER HOW DELICIOUS IT SMELLS.”
3. Bacon Wrapping Paper
Speaking of bacon, it seems the best way to gift a bar of Meat Soap is to use bacon wrapping paper. Photographer Joe Giacomet used 500 sizzling strips of bacon to capture the perfect bacon pattern for his wrapping paper. What’s even odder is the bacon-filled campaign video – something you need to see for yourself.
4. World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar
If you like cats, this calendar is for you. With over 1,000 backers, the project was over 700% funded within a month and a half. Each month displays a slightly disgruntled cat, named Awesome Cat, dressed as a magical creature. This project brought the calendar makers some great exposure at the National Stationery Show – which no one knew existed.
5. Cat Poncho
Another purrfect gift for crazy cat lovers is this cat poncho. The cat poncho consists of a hooded vest with adorable cat faces plastered everywhere. The rewards included a cat poncho for yourself and a matching one for your furry friend. Try watching the campaign video without laughing or scratching your head.
6. Graphing the Deliciousness of a Chicken Burrito
Similar to Mr. Potato Salad, one man raised $1,050 for a Chipotle burrito. Kickstarter user Noboru Bitoy created a simple graph that measures the deliciousness of a Chipotle chicken burrito. Now, he can eat oodles of burritos. Due to his success, he plans to eat a burrito skydiving and in zero gravity. What some people will do for Chipotle…
7. Emoji [Moby] Dick
If you love emojis, you’ll love this Kickstarter campaign. Featured as one of the greatest Kickstarter projects in 2013, Kickstarter user Fred Benenson translated the Herman Melville classic “Moby Dick” using solely Japanese emojis, like the ones you use on iMessage. Backers received the translated book and an emoji sentence of their choice in the “Thank You” appendix. Due to the complexity and popularity of the campaign, a copy of the book was even added to the Library of Congress’ collection. You will never look at the whale emoji the same again.
8. Puppy Cow
“Totally cute and slightly horrifying,” the Puppy Cow plush toy is the creepiest of them all. It’s exactly what you think: A plush dog with leather udders. Those who pledged could receive the mutant stuffed animal and even a custom acrylic illustration of Puppy Cow. Like the title of the project, it is, in fact, “udderly terrifying.”