Posted on July 7, 2016 by staff

Bizarre crowdfunding: Smoked bacon bourbon and potato salad


Crowdfunding has proved an effective way to fund projects by attracting contributions from a large number of people.

However for all the sensible projects there’s no shortage of off-the-wall suggestions of how to spend your money.

We take a look at some of the strangest campaigns on crowdfunding sites.

Smoked bacon bourbon? Yes, really

If you happen to love both smoky bacon crisps and Jack Daniel’s, your world could be about to get a little sweeter. Or more savoury, to be precise.

Norwegian-born Sven Almenning, owner of the Experimental Spirits Co and The Speakeasy Group in Australia, raised more than a few eyebrows when he pitch the idea of smoked bacon bourbon on Aussie crowdfunding site Pozible in 2014 – he netted the princely sum of A$26,608 from 213 backers.

“Bacon & Whiskey? What’s not to love?” he wrote in his pitch.

He explained to The Australian: “We could have produced this without using the site or using any type of crowdfunding if we had wanted to.

“But I wanted to see if there was interest in it because if nobody donated any money there would have been no point in making it.”

Lionel Richie’s massive head

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside Lionel Richie’s head? Barcelona-based artists Hungry Castle have… and did something about it.

In 2013 they launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a giant balloon sculpture of the Dancing on the Ceiling singer’s bonce, with the aim of transporting it to that year’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

The inspiration was the infamous bust of Richie in his worldwide hit video Hello – and 211 people loved the idea enough to invest a total of £8,016.

“What a head trip! And you made it happen!!” the group wrote after the festival.

“Lionel Richie’s Head said Hello to over 60,000 people at Bestival.

“Hundreds of lucky people even got to go inside his head.”

If I raise $1.2 billion I’ll buy Kickstarter

Aaron Schlechter had a dream… specifically one that involved people paying him to name their dogs.

When Kickstarter told him that his project did not fit into one of their 15 categories and suggested that a book about naming dogs should be its focus, he responded by asking for $1.2bn from potential backers to buy the crowdfunding platform itself.

“I plan to buy Kickstarter and amend its rules so only projects related to the naming of dogs will be allowed on this site.

“Think about it – if only one out of every six people on earth donates $1 for me to name their dog ‘Donald’ then we’re in business.”

Dogs everywhere can rest easy – he was promised just $671 from 42 crowdfunders.

One potato salad

“Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.”

Zack Brown had never made a potato salad before and was leery of wasting his hard-earned money on ingredients – so he took to Kickstarter in search of $10.

The viral thing then happened, giving him $55,492 to play with after submitting ‘stretch goals’.

Instead of making a swimming pool-sized side dish, he used the money to publish The Peace, Love & Potato Salad Cookbook and send copies with T-shirts out to those who believed in him.

As the great man himself wrote: “What you’re holding in your hands is, in my opinion, the best potato salad cookbook in the history of the world.

“This is no exaggeration.”