6 Weird Kickstarters That Actually Got Funded
Follow your dreams—if these wacky Kickstarter projects can find crowdfunding, so can yours!
By Damon Beres
Forget blackout shades: Remee is a sleep mask that purports to stimulate lucid dreaming by displaying various light patterns according to your sleep stages. Over 6,500 people were intrigued enough—or, hallucinating from lack of sleep—to raise $572,891 for the project.
'World's Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat Calendar'
The pitch was simple: "Do you enjoy photos of cats dressed up as magical creatures? Do you use a calendar? Yes? Then we have something awesome for you." Over 500 backers kicked in big, generating $11,691 in donations. That's a lot of Fancy Feast.
Titanoboa, a 50-Foot Electromechanical Serpent
Surprising: The $10,000 effort to build a massive robot snake actually took off and received full funding in less than two months. Less surprising: The money came from Burning Man attendees.
'MISSY FOR PREZ'
Artist Sakura Breadsy had a vision: "[T]o make one-of-a-kind tracksuits inspired by a dream I had of Missy Elliott as the President of the United States of America." Breadsy got her freak on, made the supa dupa fly tracksuits, and reached nearly $2,500 in two weeks—way more than her $1,780 goal. Keep an eye on the 2016 ballot, too.
'The Banana King Returns'
A young animator managed to fund his short film on the strength of its premise: It's a "romance adventure about a muffin and a banana... The main character of the story will be a muffin named Madister. This chocolate muffin wanders deep into the land of the pickles and is captured. Only to be saved by the outlaw known as Berry Evil." Believe it or not, he easily rounded up the $250.
The Veronica Mars Movie
Rob Thomas, creator of the acclaimed if under-watched TV dramedy Veronica Mars, asked fans to fund a film sequel on Kickstarter after the series was canceled. Diehards raised well over $2 million in the first 24 hours. The weird part? Media giant Warner Bros. will release—and presumably profit from—the film, forcing fans to pay twice for fierce K-Bell witticisms.