Crowdfunding attracts a lot of weird and wonderful ideas – and some of them actually end up making it. We’ve come up with a list of crazy campaigns that actually funded, proving that the world of crowdfunding has its own rules.

Potato salad

If you’re making a meal for the first ever time, the likelihood is that you'll head to the supermarket to buy the ingredients. However, not if you're Zach Danger Brown. He set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise a measly $10 to make his first ever potato salad. As ridiculous as that sounds, he managed to raise over $55,000. His stretch goals included making even more potato salad, throwing a pizza party, using better mayonnaise from the natural foods section and a live stream of the potato salad being made. Brown has gone on to receive further success and is due to release a book this summer titled “The Peace, Love & Potato Salad Cookbook”. Who would’ve thought it?
You can read more about his campaign here.

Grilled Cheesus

The Grilled Cheesus is an electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of Jesus onto your sandwich bread. Though a bizarre idea, the creators surpassed their funding goal of $25,000. The product can still be purchased on Amazon and eBay to date. Since the campaign ended in December 2011 the creators set up the OMR Goods company which now sells an array of products including the Jesus H Spice, Mary, Full of Grace Mug and Confessional Lampshade.
View the campaign here.

Meat-scented soap

Want that bacon fresh scent? No? Us neither. We are not quite sure which is more peculiar, the fact that someone would come up with the idea of meat-scented soaps or that people would actually buy it. The inventors’ perception that everyone should smell like meat was clearly endorsed as $1,905 was pledged of the campaign's $1,500 target.
Read more about the campaign here.

The grizzly bear coat

People loved the idea of a coat that makes you look like a dangerous animal. Over $29,000 was raised to its $2,500 target, and since the end of the campaign (in April 2012) the creators have continued to sell this product and have managed to produce grizzly bear coats in black and pink; a panda coat, polar bear coat and a wolf coat. We wonder what the next edition will be….
Check out the campaign here.

Crystal bacon

Clearly someone’s love for bacon went a bit too far. Described as his sculptural tribute to the delicious of all meats, Greg Kiesow created a project 'bringing crystalized bacon to life'. The product was made using high-quality acrylic to create crystal bacon ornaments, earrings, necklaces and keyrings. Greg’s campaign gained nearly $800 over his aim of $2,000.
Look at their campaign here.

Putting a Tardis into orbit

In 2013 a Kickstarter campaign was set up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. A replica Tardis was built and with the aim of launching it into orbit. They needed $33,000 (not sure where they got that figure from) and they managed to surpass that by quite a bit, raising $88,000. However, three years later and it still hasn't been launched.
Read about their campaign here.

Floating pool

A swimming pool in a river! + Pool was a plan to build a floating pool just off the shores of the Hudson river, New York. The project was over 160% funded as $41,647 was donated of its $25,000 target. Two years later another Kickstarter campaign was set up in aid of the pool to further develop the project. + Pool is said to be completed this year and we can’t wait to see what it looks like.
View their campaign here.

Emoji Dick

Over six years ago, Fred Benenson started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the classic novel Moby Dick translated into Japanese emoji icons – the first ever of its kind. The project exceeded its $3,500 target and by July 2010 printed copies of Emoji Dick were available. Since finishing his project, Fred has gone on to release three other Kickstarter campaigns – two of which have been successful.
You can read more about their campaign here.

Lionel Richie's Head

In 2013 some music fans took their love for Lionel Ritchie to another level as a campaign for an inflatable version of the singer's head was set up. A total of £8,016 was pledged of the project's £4,900 target. The larger-than-life tribute was made for Bestival 2013 and was a huge hit with festival-goers.
View their campaign here.

Chicken burrito

Graphing the deliciousness of a chicken burrito was Noboru Bitoy’s mission. His 2014 campaign was to rate the tastiness of a burrito from his local Chipotle using a creative presentation. In his campaign video he asked for $8.10 to $6.50 for the price of the burrito, $0.60 for the sales tax and $1 as a tip for the Chipotle restaurant worker. Flying past his goal, Noboru decided to add an infographic detailing the experience of eating a chicken burrito when skydiving. At the end of the campaign, he'd reached $1,050.
You can read more about their campaign here.