Crazy Kickstarters that put the arse into ars gratia artis

For reasons that remain somewhat unclear, Kickstarter’s Potato Salad Guy has captured everyone’s imagination these past few days. Having asked for a mere $10, he’s now been pledged over $70,000 and his humble (if you’re being polite … otherwise utterly banal) plans have gone viral. Here are some other crazy Kickstarter ideas I wrote about a few months back.

THE MEANING OF LARF

Kickstarter funding succeeded well ahead of its December deadline for the creation of the world’s largest jock strap, which only goes to prove that what constitutes creativity is also in the eye of the beholder.

With over $1 billion in pledges under its belt since 2009 and with its current poster girl, The Veronica Mars Movie raising $2 million in the first 24 hours of its appeal, Kickstarter is now a serious crowdfunding business model and something of a juggernaut.

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But I prefer to think of it as a Petri dish of quixotic artistic lunacy where a meeting of creative nutjobs and their zealots’ wallets can mosh with their sweaty dosh.

Scratch the surface and you’ll realise that some of the weirdest creative pursuits that got the thumbs up from the rabble start to make Kickstarter feel more like the Colosseum …. if Derek Zoolander was Nero and the whole…

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Crazy Kickstarters that put the arse into ars gratia artis

Kickstarter funding succeeded well ahead of its December deadline for the creation of the world’s largest jock strap, which only goes to prove that what constitutes creativity is also in the eye of the beholder.

With over $1 billion in pledges under its belt since 2009 and with its current poster girl, The Veronica Mars Movie raising $2 million in the first 24 hours of its appeal, Kickstarter is now a serious crowdfunding business model and something of a juggernaut.

Veronica-Mars-Movie-Kickstarter-616x425

But I prefer to think of it as a Petri dish of quixotic artistic lunacy where a meeting of creative nutjobs and their zealots’ wallets can mosh with their sweaty dosh.

Scratch the surface and you’ll realise that some of the weirdest creative pursuits that got the thumbs up from the rabble start to make Kickstarter feel more like the Colosseum …. if Derek Zoolander was Nero and the whole spectacle was being broadcast by Public Access TV with a pilled-up Liza Minnelli doing presenter duties.

For your edification, I present five perplexing if not utterly dubious concepts that got the green light (or perhaps not).

1. Giant inflatable of Lionel Richie’s head (funded)

Created specifically for Bestival, a four day music festival in the Isle of Wight, the sculpture garnered double its appeal from 211 backers and came to fruition in October last year, as such ‘head-lining’ the event.

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2. Tentacle Bento – a rape-based card game (funded)

At last, an intuitive card game that lets you become a tentacle monster which rapes an assembly of school girls specifically lined up for that purpose. Suspended in May last year but not before it made three times as much money as it needed, with over 600 backers. Kickstarter’s reason for suspending it? The campaign was ‘too sexy’.

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3. Bring your dick to the table! (not funded)

Intended as a ‘fun reminder’ that women are equal when negotiating at the boardroom table, the perpetrator clearly has a serious case of penis envy. Her manifesto? ‘If all it takes is a dick, then here is mine. Now, let’s get down to business!’

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4. Drop a baby grand onto a pyramid of champagne glasses (funded)

And why the hell not?

kickstarter piano champagne

And my personal favourite?

5. Kickstarter fund to buy Kickstarter (not funded)

Aiming to raise the $19 million it was valued at by worthofweb.com at the time the appeal was submitted by comedian and rabble-rouser Eric Moneypenny, Kickstarter rejected it on the basis that they don’t do ‘fund my life’ projects. Moneypenny insisted he was just following a dream and takes issue with Kickstarter being the judge and jury of his.

And as he points out, ” It’s not like there was nothing in this for them. Kickstarter makes a profit off of every successful Kickstarter, so Kickstarter would’ve made even extra money from my purchase.”

The fact that a $10,000 pledge only got you a pizza party with ‘new Kickstarter CEO Eric Moneypenny’, probably didn’t help much.

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For more crazy Kickstarters and a double dose of ‘arse gratia artis’ try:

Yourkickstartersucks.com and Freakstarter.com

4 things about the office you may like to note

SEE SEE TV Your roaming colleagues will find it impossible not to ogle your desktop each time they pass.  Should you be Googling ‘persistent rash’ or ‘pressure cooker bomb instructions’ it’s advisable to have a fake page (eg. ‘How to more effectively contribute to business success’) ready to maximise to full screen.  Not so analogue alternatives such as the photocopier, where the strategy should be flipped on its head. Executed well, an inadvertent intercept at the copier tray by a colleague as you see it coming- can be a particularly compelling communications vehicle by which to mess with people’s heads.

smashing copier

HOT DESK/COLD CASE Then there’s hot desking where there’s an increasing correlation between its implementation and the decrease in actual employees at said desks. Hot desking can sometimes be a case of ‘don’t get too comfortable here’ under the guise of ‘your creativity will never be boxed in by us so fly, be free!’. If you see it in action, remember that it can be an unconvincing attempt to disguise the fact that the rented pot plant is now the longest standing employee in the building.

Milton

FULLY SICK (E)BAY  The most valuable aspect of having a fixed business address is that it provides a handy depot for those drunken 2am purchases on eBay, etsy and TVSN. All the more exciting for the fact that you can’t remember having ordered any of them… so an otherwise pedestrian eight hours in the office can seem like Christmas Day on high rotation.

DAMN YOU AUTO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES Get to know someone who’s handy at retrieving an email before the damage is done.  Whether relatively banal or worthy of landing you in the clink, this person will be your friend, compatriot, accomplice and … ultimately also possibly your blackmailer. But first thing’s first. Use your get-out-of-gaol-free card pronto if he or she is on hand. The pesky issue of unmarked bills in brown paper bags can wait for another day.