The Weirdest Crowdfunding Campaigns That Actually Made Their Goal

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Vote up the weirdest things that somehow got crowdfunded.

It's possible to raise money for just about anything with websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Even extremely weird things have been crowdfunded successfully.

There is a sandwich press that toasts the image of Jesus Christ onto bread, a soap that smells like bacon, and a dude named Jeff who needed a new tooth. All of those odd campaigns gained monetary support and momentum by crowdfunding, sometimes surpassing their target number by thousands of dollars.

Which funny Kickstarter campaigns inspire you to put your own inventions or ideas on the market?


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    11 VOTES

    Bug-A-Salt

    Another enormously successful campaign, Bug-A-Salt was launched on Indiegogo and created by Lorenzo Maggiore. The product pits table salt against pests; the shotgun kills flies and other annoying bugs by using regular NaCl as ammunition. The gun has an accuracy range of about three feet and claims that the bugs will remain intact, which is ideal for a no fuss clean up.

    Maggiore raised a whopping $577,636 even though he originally only sought $15,000. The Bug-A-Salt website carries several different versions of the gun. One best-selling example is the Yellow BUG-A-SALT 2.0 with increased power and durability. It sells for $39.95.

     

     

    11 votes
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    9 VOTES

    5 O'Clock Shadow

    Tessa Rushton designed this hand-knitted beard face mask to keep faces warm and add a little humor during the cold winter months. Rushton aimed to raise $3,000 on Kickstarter but she exceeded her goal by $119. Because all of Rushton's "beard hugs" are hand knitted at her house, she needed the Kickstarter cash to keep the product in stock, claiming that every November she would sell out due to high demand.

     

    9 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Poop: The Game

    Why is potty humor always so funny? Poop: The Game, created by Feels Right Design,  doesn't answer that question but capitalizes on the fascination just the same. The game creators asked for $4,500 through Kickstarter but exceeded their goal by bringing in $11,696 with the tagline: "It's a kids' game! It's a drinking game! Just not a kids' drinking game."

    The card game is described as an UNO style game where the first person to run out of cards wins but the instructions warn that some cards make players perform crazy acts. You can purchase POOP: The Game on Amazon for about $25. There are several different versions available for sale. 

     

    11 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Grilled Cheesus

    Have you ever been envious of those people who claim to have seen Jesus on various kinds of food? Meg Sheehan and Rob Corso started their Kickstarter campaign to help combat that particular kind of jealousy. They got 286 supporters to donate $25,604 in order to bring the Grilled Cheesus sandwich press to life.

    The electronic press toasts the face of Jesus Christ right onto your bread. The item currently sells on Amazon for $39.95. And it should be noted that a portion of the proceeds go to doing good deeds around the world. The TV show Glee even based an episode on the sandwich stamper during the second season..

     

     

     

    11 votes
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    8 VOTES

    Meat Soap

    Meat Soap
    Photo: Alli Dryer

    Who doesn't love the smell of freshly cooked bacon? Alli Dryer set out to combine her two loves: bacon and soap. Her Kickstarter campaign helped her do that and it earned $1,905 to get the business running.

    Meat Soap uses animal byproducts that are usually thrown away to make everyone "smell like meat.". A blend of fats is rendered down in order to produce a variety of different scents and flavors. Despite the success of the Kickstarter, it doesn't appear as if one can buy Meat Soap anywhere. The website and Facebook page are no longer active.

     

     

     

     

    8 votes
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    15 VOTES

    The Ostrich Pillow

    The Ostrich Pillow is definitely one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever. Creators of the campaign hoped to raise $70,000 but actually exceeded their goal by bringing in a whopping $194,094.

    The Ostrich Pillow may make a napper look like an alien, but it also gives users private space. The pillow can be used at the office, the airport or, anywhere else and its synthetic stuffing completely covers a person's head and hands. The pillow sells for $99.

     

    15 votes