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'Fund My Potato Salad' And Other Crazy Kickstarters

A Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising money to fund a bowl of potato salad had us wondering, what are some other crazy Kickstarters?
Posted at 3:42 PM, Jul 05, 2014

Potato salad usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Kickstarter campaigns. (Via Flickr / AndrewTann)

You know, those projects and inventions posted by individuals seeking money to make their ideas a reality. Typically, the more money you are willing to give, the more you get in return. (Via Pebble Technology, Kickstarter / The Veronica Mars Movie Project)

But in a world that seems to reward bizarre stunts and schemes with attention, it's no surprise this potato salad Kickstarter campaign is making headlines.

USA Today, CNET, BGR, Buzzfeed ... the list goes on. 

Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, says "basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet." And now 315 people have jumped in to help him out. Brown only wanted $10 to make his delicious potato-y creation, but the project has brought in more than $1,500 with 27 days to go. 

As we mentioned before, the more money you give, the more you get in return. Those who've pledged $25 or more will get a potato-salad-themed hat along with several other goodies.

And no matter how much you donate, Brown promises to say your name aloud while making the potato salad ... cool, right? (Via Flickr / Steven Depolo)

But potato salad isn't the only crazy Kickstarter campaign out there. And it's not even the only one to be funded.

One campaign promised to graph the deliciousness of a Chipotle burrito. Noboru Bitoy asked for $8 to buy a Chipotle burrito and graph its deliciousness "in a creative presentation." Bitoy brought in $1,050 before it was all said and done.

Then there was the "Grilled Cheesus" campaign, a grilled cheese machine that toasts the face of Jesus on your bread. With a goal of $25,000, the campaign was barely funded with a total of $25,604.

And remember when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped last year? One campaign raised nearly $50,000 of its $25,000 goal to combine a turkey and a menorah — the candle holder used during Hanukkah traditions. They called it the Menurkey, of course.

Last on our list is this campaign, which sought funding to create a giant inflatable sculpture of Lionel Riche's head. Apparently the group behind the project wanted it for a music festival in England. The campaign brought in more than 8,000 pounds of its 4,900 pound goal.

It just goes to show if you have a great idea — or even a not-so-great-idea — why not throw it up on Kickstarter, am I right?