Zack Brown has promised all funders who donate more than $1 that he will say their names during the production of the potato salad. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian
Zack Brown didn't want to fund an investigation, an avant-garde art project, or a tech start-up. He just wanted to make potato salad, of no particular kind, and he was asking for $10 on Kickstarter to do it. That was last Thursday. He has since managed to raise more than $35,000 in donations on the crowdfunding site - and he doesn't even have a recipe in mind.
What else does the internet love enough to fund? Here are some of the most unexpected - and ridiculous - successes that Kickstarter has seen to date.
1) Lionel Richie's head, inflated
Everybody loves Lionel Richie right? Barcelona based artists Hungry Castle certainly thought so and were not prepared to let one failed Kickstarter campaign deter them from creating their dream: a giant inflatable of Lionel Richie's head for public consumption. When DJ Rob da Bank took note, the self-funded artwork landed a place on the official line-up for last year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight. As the campaign grew, so did the head - enough money was raised to make it big enough to climb inside. Festival goers could enjoy a "fully immersive, slightly surreal and very personal" journey into the head itself, with more generous donors promised a VIP experience. With this success under his belt, Lionel Richie's head is now en route to Australia, on the latest leg of his world tour.
2) The world's first pizza museum
With museums created to celebrate mustard, kiwis, chocolate and even burnt food, artist Brian Dwyer decided the time was ripe to create the world's first and biggest pizza museum. So with the help of more than $16,000 in backing from pizza lovers, he curated "the largest collection of pizza related items in the world" and got the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official. Pizza Brain is now home to an art show, museum, arcade and of course, a pizzeria.
3) The Griz Coat
It was Halloween and Hans Reichstetter could not find a suitable grizzly bear jacket anywhere - he wanted it to be realistic, without being real. Hundreds of people shared his dilemma and The Griz Coat was born. Sold with the firm mantra that it is not a costume, but a lifestyle, the first batch of Griz Coats quickly sold out. The second batch promises polar bears. Unfortunately, neither the beer nor the hipster glasses are included.
4) Anti-Zombie soap
Kickstarter has long been the home of zombie-based campaigns - be that computer games, graphic novels or an instruction book for the post-apocalyptic golfer. But zombie megafan Noah Thompson decided that hygiene was the best protection for apopcalypse and has since managed to fundraise enough to create an ever-expanding range of soap products, each complete with a three day guarantee of zombie-free living. As he says, why take the risk?
5) A squirrel census
It was the autumn of 2012 and Jamie Allen was working on a short story, imagining the day the squirrels came down to attack everyone. But he quickly came upon a hurdle: nobody could tell him how many eastern grey squirrels existed in Atlanta. So with the help of a team of researchers, designers, web programmers and one firefighter, he conducted Atlanta's first squirrel census, complete with infographics, lectures and squirrel-related art. He has now set his sights on the mass production of high quality squirrel census poster prints and has raised more than $8,000 to get started.
6) Tea from a 1974 Citroen H Van
In recent years the capital has witnessed the growth of an imported caffeine culture of lattes, frappuccinnos and flat whites. So where was the tea equivalent for a country famously obsessed with a hearty brew? Emilie Holmes decided that a mobile tea truck was the answer and the Brew Bar can now be seen peddling "Good and Proper Tea" around London. But will it take off? We've even got one within walking distance of Guardian HQ.
7) Emoji Dick
Ever wished you could read Moby Dick translated into Japanese emoji icons? If you have, you are not alone - 83 people on had the same desire and were prepared to cough up enough cash to make Fred Benenson's dream a reality. The translation and production of the text has also been crowdsourced, with a workforce from Amazon's Mechanical Turk marketplace. Here, to whet your appetite, is one of the novel's most famous lines in translation.
8) Grilled Cheesus
Your prayers have been answered: you can now get the face of Jesus on your lunchtime toastie. After $25,000 in donations, the electronic sandwich press has become a reality. Cheese lovers around the world have been giving thanks.
6:45 Your Healthy Friends Will Be Into BrusselKale (July 11, 2014)
Thanks to science, we're getting a new hybrid vegetable this fall: BrusselKale. And it doesn't take a genius to guess that the new vegetable was developed by cross-pollinating Kale and Brussels Sprouts.
According to the scientists at a British company called Tozer Seeds -- who incidentally spent 15 years developing the vegetable, BrusselKales have a flavor that is a "fusion of sweet and nutty." Since both Brussels sprouts and kale are members of the cabbage family, no genetic modification was necessary to make this monstrosity.
If the name BrusselKale already has you cringing, you can call them "Kalettes" because they will also be marketed that way.
The official Kalettes website says the new leafy vegetable will be in supermarkets this fall.
7:15 Strap on the old feedbag for Free Food Fridaaaaaayyyyy! Slurpees, and Chicken, and Donuts oh my! --Rona It's called Free Food Friday http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/free-food-friday/story?id=24504119
8:15 There's a Bee in my pants story....just listen. A very funny story as told by one of my colorful co-workers.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Sooper Dooper Looper at Hershey Park. It was a round looper roller coaster. I'm sure you remember the t-shirts from those that went to Hersey park and road the ride. I recently saw a guy in a throwback movie called Ping Pong Summer wearing one of those t-shirts. When we went to Hershey, I was too short to get on the roller coaster but I remember wanting to ride that soooo badly. Then, one of the kids that was on the church trip with us ended up throwing up on the ride so I was glad I didn't go. Ha. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SooperDooperLooper