In 2015, 31-year-old stand-up comedian Quincy Jones was diagnosed with cancer and given one year to live. Not ready to give up on his dreams, Quincy and his friends set up a Kickstarter account to help raise money for the comedian to perform a stand-up special. Raising $50,000 and catching the attention of talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Jones’ story went viral and in 2016, he recorded his special Burning The Light in LA.
Jones’ Burning The Light special, which is now available on CraveTV, is easily one of the greatest projects to come out of the crowd-funding Kickstarter space. We’ve seen other great ideas and and inventions, like the hugely popular Cards Against Humanity, the Pebble Smart Watch, and the reboot of Kristen Bell‘s Veronica Mars series. But for every inspiring Kickstarter idea that helps change the world, there are many more that are just…odd. Very, very odd.
Here are 15 of the weirdest projects we found on Kickstarter.
Amount raised: $10, 112
No one wants their pet to be stressed, but we’re not sure pet headphones that play soothing sounds are the answer. What’s the longest time a dog has worn these? Five seconds? Well, that’s almost a minute in dog time.
Amount raised: $2,160
If you want a smartphone charger that’s 50 times the size of your phone and incredibly suggestive, we have the product for you. A mannequin torso doubles as a charging station, complete with a retractable cord into, seriously, the butt.
Amount raised: $12,527
Ever wanted to ride a bike that looks like an eagle and has enough room for ten peddlers? Neither have we, but 120 backers did and thus, the ShamanCycle was created. What kind of bike lock would something like this require anyway?
Amount raised: $13,572
A group of Lionel Richie fans decided to embark on crafting the head of the famous singer in hopes of bringing it to Bestival, one of the biggest music festivals in England. Doubling their initial goal, the festival featured giant Lionel, giving thousands of fans that chance to say ‘Hello.’
Amount raised: $92,073
Remove the activation tab before sending and when the birthday boy or girl opens the card, a song will begin playing. No biggie, right? Wrong. The song won’t stop playing until the battery runs or the card is broken. Over 2,800 people backed this card, so we’re not the only jerks who think it’s hilarious.
Amount raised: $5,145
Wish you could play a game of Jenga by yourself, but instead use rocks? Now you can. Actually, you always could, but now you can pay for it. Described as a game of ‘balance and strategy,’ Roxai is a bag of rocks the user tries to balance on top of one another. It’s been ‘millions of year in the making.’ No kidding.
Amount raised: $17,542
Stop celebrating Pi Day with boring cupcakes and start using the Pi Pie Pan. Finally, a way to get even the most ambivalent students interested in math. Pie + us = delicious.
Amount raised: $195,094
We like the idea of the Ostrich pillow and we’re not alone. The hugely successful Kickstarter item is still being sold, but we do have one issue. If you’re tired enough to nap in public, what’s the likelihood you’re awake enough to remember to pack your weird and giant pillow?
Amount raised: $55,492
A guy named Zack ‘Danger’ Brown offered Kickstarter backers the sweet deal of saying their name out loud while making potato salad for himself. He raised over $55,000. What are we doing wrong with our lives?
Amount raised: $1,905
Want to smell like meat without the bother of having to buy, cook and eat meat? No? Us neither, but now it’s possible thanks to meat soap.
Amount raised: $1,050
In a move that borders on genius, one Kickstarter raised over $1,000 to buy a Chipotle burrito and graph their enjoyment. Backers received everything from ‘a completed version of the Deliciousness Graphic in a .PDF file’ for $10 all the way to a ‘Skype burrito eating experience’ for $500. Honestly, we’re just bummed we didn’t think of this first.
Amount raised: $3,767
How do you get teens interested in classic literature? Rewrite it in emojis. Honestly, we can’t even begin to imagine how long it would take to translate Herman Melville’s award winning novel, but it does not sound like a red woman in dress dancing.
Amount raise: $2,786
How do you improve on what many consider the greatest food ever made? Turn it into crystal. At least, that’s what 49 backers believed.
Amount raised: $854
Only $850 was needed to create the world’s biggest jock strap and earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and this Kickstarter achieved its goal. That’s a lot of potential itching.
Amount raised: $3,119
The beard movement has started a new industry of facial hair products for men, but what about guys who grow in patchy? Enter the 5 O’Clock Shadow Mask. No one will think it’s real, but your cheeks will be warm.
Watch Burning The Light on CraveTV.