4 of the Most Ridiculous (And Successful) Crowdfunding Campaigns Ever

Remember the Potato Salad Crowdfunding campaign? It was that Kickstarter project where one guy asked for $10 to make a potato salad for a picnic, and he ended up raising over $60,000 thanks to the bizarre sense of humor of the internet? Yeah, if that seemed dumb (hey, at least that guy used most of the residual money to feed the homeless in his home state of Ohio!), check out the following even MORE ridiculous crowdfunding campaigns that actually hit their goals (and then some)…

The Jealous Guy Who Used GoFundMe to Crash His Girlfriend’s Spring Break

Greetings people! As you know, spring break is fastly approaching and my youngin (pictured above) and her friends are going to Miami. If you know anything about Miami, you know that she shouldn’t go without a chaperone. I need to get there to be with her and share this joyous time but my funds have been exhausted. We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun. If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it. I just need a round trip flight. I will be staying wherever she lays her head, eating whatever she eats, and overseeing all parties and fun activitiy for the duration of the trip. I thank you in advance. Please fellas, I love her. #LinkInBio

A photo posted by Hail Zel (@hail_zel) on Mar 10, 2015 at 12:39pm PDT

A 25-year-old Maryland man named Azel Prather, Jr. created a GoFundMe campaign titled “Save My Relationship” in order to crash his 22-year-old girlfriend’s Spring Break. She had gone to Miami with her girlfriends, and he claimed that if he didn’t raise the money to go after her and chaperone her, she’d cheat on him with other guys.

Goal: $300

Raised: $330

Kurt Braunohler’s Cloud Project


Kurt Braunohler’s Cloud Project’s goal was to “hire a man to write stupid things with clouds in the sky”. Kurt’s campaign exceeded expectations, and he was able to write all kinds of things in the sky such as “Clouds 4 EVA”, “God’s Fartin’”, and “How do I land?”

Goal: $4,000

Raised: $6,820

Crystal Bacon Art


Greg Kiesow loves bacon so much that he started a Kickstarter campaign to create a “sculptural tribute to the most delicious of all meats, bacon”. America opened their wallets to his call, and the result was a batch of acrylic plastic bacon art with the appearance of fine crystal. The bacon art can be made into jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and anything your wrapped-in-bacon heart desires.

Goal: $2,000

Raised: $2,786

The Menurkey


Anthony Weintraub launched his “Menurkey” campaign in order to create a menorah-turkey combination to celebrate the “once in an eternity event” when Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapped on November 28, 2013. The Menurkey is still available for purchase today, by the way, despite the fact that these holidays will never again overlap for the rest of eternity. #Kosher

Goal: $25,000

Raised: $48,345

Which crowdfunding project do you think was the dumbest? Let us know on Twitter @Smosh!

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