10 Weirdest Crowdfunding Projects
1Floating Pool in a River
The design team behind the impressive endeavor managed to exceed their $250K goal, raising a whopping $273,114 at the time of publication. These funds will go toward the construction of a Floating Lab -- a 35 by 35 feet pool where testing of the project's filtration system will take place.
2To Put a TARDIS in Orbit
3Giant Paper Mache Suspended Brain
Imagine walking thru Black Rock City, or APOGAEA!, and out of the dust clouds appears a gigantic brain sculpture raised above the desert floor, seemingly floating above the ground, connected to the playa only by its brain stem. After all these years, has the playa finally developed a mind of its own?
The giant brain is constructed of paper mache with a small metal structure for support and is 9 1/2 feet long by 6 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet tall. It's hollow on the inside, and when raised it stands at 9 1/4 feet at its tallest point, with the spinal cord connected to the support structure and extending down to the ground. The paper mache will be weather sealed and painted. It will be tall enough to allow easy access for everyone from underneath, or inside the brain.
4Miley Cyrus Twerking Shirt
So, there goes another funded project by Daniel Bañaga.
5Let Snowden Fly
The campaign, aptly named "Fly Edward Snowden Fly," was started by Christian Honey, an Oxford University neuroscientist who hoped to raise money for Snowden's travel and legal costs, should he go to Venezuela, where he was offered asylum.
The campaign site included links to a variety of articles, all justifying the end goal of raising $200,000 by outlining limited flight options due to no-fly zones across Europe.
A pair of flight enthusiasts, John Foden, 37, and Yannick Read, 42, have devised a two-wheeled bike — christened the XploreAir Paravelo — that transforms into an aircraft. The British inventors say it is the world's first fully-functional flying bicycle. The machine can travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour on the road and 25 miles per hour in the air, reaching altitudes of up to 4,000 feet.
Foden and Read hope that at $16,000 the Paravelo will appeal to inner-city flight hobbyists, and believe that it may also be be useful as a “cost-effective aerial reconnaissance vehicle for forest rangers and border patrols.”
The flying bicycle's inventors looked for support through Kickstarter but only raised approximately a fifth of their $78,000 goal.
7Remee Daydreaming Mask
Unbelievably, over 6,500 people were intrigued enough—or, hallucinating from lack of sleep—to raise $572,891 for the project. Their goal was only $35,000.
8Pi-Shaped Pie Pan
9Lionel Richie's Head
The creators started this ambitious and, frankly, odd public art project almost a year ago. Inspired by internet pop culture, their goal was to make an installation with which people could interact and talk. After gaining a little notoriety from their first Kickstarter fail, Josie and Rob da Bank offered to help. They've kindly set aside space at Bestival so that Lionel Richie's Head can pop up and say "Hello" to everyone for the first time.
The project not only met their pledged goal, but doubled it. Way to go, Lionel.
Surprisingly, the project only attracted 6 backers.
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