Regardless of Potato Salad Guy’s success, backers are actually looking for serious campaigns


BY SAGE LAZZARO, Kickstarter and Indiegogo — which were invented to help launch interesting and revolutionary ideas — have lead a countless number of products to great success. A cooler equipped with everything you could possibly need recently raked in more than $13 million to break Kickstarter’s record, and a campaign on Indiegogo even caused a blowjob machine to go viral.

Recently though, sprinkled in between legitimate crowdfunding attempts are more and more joke projects and flat out ridiculous campaigns.

They vary greatly with users crowdfunding everything from straight up gags to pointless projects and personal purchases of enormous magnitude. None of them are seeing much success at all.

It  seems that even incredibly personal fundraising campaigns — which was once reserved for GoFundMe — have made it’s way to Kickstarter. This guy is currently looking to raise $1,000 to buy his girlfriend 1) a new TV, 2) a shopping spree or 3) an iPhone 6, yet he’s claiming that “this is in no way charity.” Another bizarrely personal campaign for a women seeking $350,000 so she can buy a house was recently suspended. It seems safe to say that the aforementioned campaigns are hosted not by pranksters, but by individuals who are confused about what constitutes something people might actually want to back.


A man from the Netherlands is crowdfunding so he can draw the ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) face on memo notes and cover a carpet with them. More specifically, he’s looking for supplies, like memo notes, black permanent markers, glue and gloves to prevent paper cuts (obviously necessary).

Next up in the “need permanent markers” category is this Kickstarter campaign that’s looking to raise a whopping $5,000 to make more hair bows that are literally just pieces of ribbon covered in Sharpie-drawn polka dots. It’s raised no money so far, and that’s probably because the lowest backer level is $20, for which the reward is an “honorable mention.”

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