What price potato salad? Around $45,000, at least if Kickstarter is anything to go by.
That’s the amount that’s been pledged—as of this writing—to Zack Danger Brown’s effort to crowdfund a batch of potato salad. Brown’s Kickstarter campaign, which originally sought to raise just $10, has generated an outpouring of support from more than 5,500 backers who love either a good joke or potato salad (or both), and nearly as much backlash from people who think those tens of thousands of dollars could be better spent on anything other than a tasty side dish.
But honestly, that argument could be made for nearly every crowdfunded project from smartwatches to feature films, and that hasn’t stopped people from pledging fistfuls of cash. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that a bowl of potato salad is hardly the worst idea to ever surface on Kickstarter. We found 10 other projects that seem like a much bigger waste of time, imagination, and capital and that didn’t stop most of them from meeting their fundraising goal.