15 incredibly silly crowdfunded projects that’ll leave you scratching your head

These ridiculous Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects made it pretty far

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#11 Puglet Performance

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The one and only Puglet mind you

Some ideas come from such a place of pure human goodness and love, that they’re almost too much to handle. Like the sun, which keeps us alive with its radioactive, life-giving rays, these ideas can’t be looked at directly, for risk of their pure loveliness burning the retina of our soul. Puglet is one of those ideas. This quest to recreate one of the Bard’s most famous tragedies, fortunately, did not end in one, dozens of pugs hit the stage for a one-off special performance a few years back, but don’t worry(!!!) you can stream a recording of that performance here, for the absolutely tiny sum of $15.

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#12 Rob Ford Crackstarter

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As the old saying goes “if you, a mayor, wish to smoke some crack, first make sure that absolutely nobody is filming you while you’re smoking the crack”. Old Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, would have done well to remember those wise words. This campaign was set up by the editorial board at Gawker, in order to raise the funds necessary to obtain a video which Ford denied the existence of, reportedly depicting him smoking crack. Gawker raised the money and the rest is history – and available on Youtube.

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#13 The Baby Potty: biodegradable top hat potty for EC

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OK, so first thought is “that does not look comfy” but I think that’s the idea behind Baby Potty. So that the baby just drops, does its business, and then leaves. If adult toilets were shaped like this – there’s no way you’d end up spending 35 minutes in the bathroom flicking through Instagram. I can’t help but feel though that calling something which is designed to hold baby-turds and pee a “top-hat” invites some pretty messy mix-ups.

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#14 Trainerbot: Smart Table Tennis Robot

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Trainerbot is a highly-advanced robot, programmed to play table tennis against a human opponent. “Oh wow” you might say “a robot that can help you get better at table tennis, that’s awesome!”. Yes, that’s what Trainerbot is, for now at least, but you’ll excuse me if I don’t join you in your celebrations because what we’re looking at here, is the beginning of the end for mankind. Today it is ping-pong balls that Trainerbot is firing out with pinpoint accuracy, but tomorrow? Bullets. Grenades. Sharp stuff. You can pre-order a Trainerbot now if you’d like, but don’t come crying to me when you’ve brought about the downfall of the entire human race.

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# 15 Watermelon Straps/Holder

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For all our technological advances and scientific breakthroughs, one universal problem continues to plague and beleaguer mankind. How do we carry watermelons? Mankind discovered fire and invented the wheel; we made the steam engine and the aeroplane; we even put man on the moon! How then, are we still, in 2018, carrying our watermelons around bare-handed, like damn apes?! Because you didn’t back Mike Draghici’s Kickstarter campaign, that’s why. All he asked was a meager $25k, but for some crazy reason, Mike was unable to achieve his target.

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