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10 Bizarre Food-Related Kickstarters (That Aren’t Potato Salad)

Mental Floss

People will crowdfund anything these days.

People will crowdfund anything these days. When Zach Brown wanted to make potato salad—“I haven’t decided what kind yet”—he created a Kickstarter to do it. His initial goal was $10, and, depending on their contribution, backers would receive a photo of Brown making the potato salad, a bite of the potato salad, and Brown saying the backer’s name while he made the salad. Currently, the Kickstarter is at more than $70,000; new rewards include t-shirts, hats, a potato-themed haiku written by Brown, and a book, Potato Salads of the World, featuring “recipes inspired by each country where we have a backer.”

Brown wasn’t the first to kickstart a weird quest for food, either: To get a chicken burrito from Chipotle and “graph its deliciousness,” Noboru Bitoy asked for $8 from the Internet earlier this year; he ended up taking in $1050, and switched his original mission to determining a chicken burrito’s deliciousness … while skydiving.

The success of these two bizarre food Kickstarters ensure that they won’t be the last (you can already fund someone’s burrito, someone’s mac and cheese, someone’s beet cake, someone’s jello shots, and someone’s chicken soup). Here are a few more weird food-related Kickstarters that you might consider kicking some money to.

1. PANCAKE IN THE MAIL

“I really like to make pancakes, and I am really darn good at it,” Mark Cesal says on this Kickstarter. “I learned to make great pancakes working the breakfast shift at family restaurants. Now I make them at home for my family. I would like to make a pancake for you.” Contribute just $3, and Cesal will send you a pancake. Why do this? “I just think it would be cool to get a Pancake in the Mail,” he writes. “I will use the contributions to keep making pancakes and stock up for making even more. Maybe even do a block pancake party or something. Food is one of the best ways to bring people together, and this project will be my way to bring all of us a little closer.” Here’s hoping he actually uses Comic Sans on the packaging.

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