Zack “Danger” Brown wanted to make potato salad and needed $10 to do it. So he posted on Kickstarter and ended up getting nearly $40,000 in just five days.
“I really wanted to make potato salad, but am not at a point in my life where I could assume that level of risk,” he told ABC News.
With his new crowdsourced fortune, the Columbus, Ohio, resident says he will create potato salad merchandise, a potato salad recipe book and even host a potato salad party during the Labor Day weekend where “the whole Internet is invited.” Brown said anyone who donated $1 will get a "thank you" on his website, a picture of him making the potato salad and a shout-out while he makes the potato salad, which will be live streamed. Those who donated $3 will get "a bite" of potato salad. $10 donors can join him while he makes the potato salad, $20 gets a personal potato salad haiku and $25 gets a potato salad-themed hat.
Of course, others have followed his lead, like a British Kickstarter user who created a campaign to make coleslaw following potato salad’s success.
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“Potato Salad is basically just a fallback for when people with taste have eaten all the coleslaw. Don't let these potato lovers win,” Gary Howard wrote.
Of course, potato salad is not the weirdest Kickstarter campaign that ever graced the crowdfunding website --
let alone generated tons of money. Here are 12 other bizarre Kickstarter campaigns that were actually funded.
1. Period Panties: $404,763
Underwear with sayings like: “Bleeder of the Pack,” “Bloody Hell,” “Sour Puss” and more.
2. Unique Wooden Handbag: $37,422
Exactly what it sounds like.
3. Meat Soap: $1,905
Soap that smells like bacon.
4. Right To Bear Arms Shirt: $15,257
A T-shirt with a play on words about the Second Amendment with furry bear arms.
5. My Little Demon Plush: $28,487
This businesswoman “rescues” exorcised demons and creates stuffed animals.
6. The Vegan Zombie Cookbook: $43,572
Because if you’re stuck in a zombie apocalypse, you’re going to want to stick to your vegan diet.
7. The Dream Hoodie: $31,581
A hoodie with a detachable eye cover made for travelers.
8. The Piano is the Champagne: $2,975
These artists wanted to drop a grand piano on a stack of champagne glasses for the sake of art.
9. THINX underwear: $64,811
Leak-proof and stain-proof underwear to decrease the use of tampons around the world.
10. World’s Largest Jockstrap: $854
At least the creator is making it for The Guinness Book of World Records.
11. Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocap: $67,436
Looks like the city will get their statue.
12. Chicken Burrito: $1,050
A guy was just asking for $8 to try a chicken burrito from Chipotle.