Unless you’re a chef, you often don’t expect to get paid for your potato salad, but one man did. His name? Zack Danger Brown. Most people may not recognize him by name, but you’ve likely heard of his crowdfunding campaign, in which he asked for $10 to help him kickstart a potato salad. Not only did he reach his funding goal, but he exceeded it by $55,482. His project page even became the fourth most-viewed page on Kickstarter after the Veronica Mars movie.
Brown isn’t the first guy to get a silly idea onto Kickstarter and get fully funded in the process. His campaign largely made it through because of the more relaxed policies the company enacted prior. Kickstarter’s upgraded posting rules made it easier to pass inspection if managers chose to launch their project page “immediately.” Pages would be subjected to an algorithm’s scrutiny rather than a human’s.
Since then, there has been an influx of silly projects, like a guy who wanted you to fund building a big deck for his wife. According to the post: “It can’t be a little deck, my wife only wants a big deck!! Please help us accomplish our goal to add a big deck to our back yard.” In it’s time alive, it received just $10 in funding from one backer despite being featured on several news sites.
While his deck dreams didn’t come true, many others who have submitted their silly projects before and after the rule change have had their projects funded. We’ve found some of the most questionable projects to receive funding so far.
1. Whoopi Cushion
It’s a play on words, you see. It’s a whoopee cushion with Whoopi Goldberg’s face on it. Shed Simove of London asked for a mere 50 pounds to make his printed whoopee cushion pun come true. He managed to find five backers to fund his project, giving him 70 pounds total, enough to make his comedic prop a reality.