Random shoe caper, bunnies and bondage: Stories of crowdfund fail

Several well-meaning projects on the countdown clock may fail this week, including a book with a plan to save Chicago and plans to help Ukranian war refugees as well as efforts to save a Yiddish newspaper in New York and start a conversation about political polarization in the American South.

Other projects failed in the journalism category that were, well, perhaps less impactful.

Here’s a few:

Review every Michael Bay movie ever made

Benjamin Hobbs of Issaquah, Washington wanted $300 to review every Michael Bay movie ever made, a goal he called “Project Bay-Watch.”

Bay’s past work includes Armageddon and the Bad Boys and Transformers movies. An example of the kind of things you may hear if the project had succeeded: “Michael Bay is the Picasso of on-screen explosions.”

$40,000 missing shoe caper

Danno Visser of Canada wanted $40,000 for his project “Random Shoe Caper” project to put a GPS tag on random shoes he finds on the shore then follow them to tell their story.

Bunny Up Bunny Adventures

I’m not sure what this is doing in the journalism category on Kickstarter. Seems more like manufacturing. Anyway this project’s aim was to send Bunny Up bunnies to every state in America, then every country in the world. Looks like the bunnies will stay on the ground. Now on the tail end of a 30-day campaign,  the $5,000 project has not received a single dollar or backer. The talking bunny in the video made me laugh but it does not appear to have won over any donors.

Abandoned theme park photography

This might have been really cool. Roman and Anna Küffner, who travel Europe for their Blackbird Street photo project to photograph abandoned places in Europe, wanted €20,000 to travel to abandoned theme parks, take pictures and possibly publish a photo book. With one week to go the project has received €1,600.

Cosplay conventions

A project to send an Indiana man and his partner to cosplay conventions to take pictures and conduct interviews has one week to go but has not received a single donation. It may be because the project offers few details and all rewards come in the form of a thank you.

The Art of Bondage

Former furniture photographer Mel Zabel wants $12,000 to create “perhaps the kinkiest self-help book ever created, ”The Art of Bondage.” The project has six days to go and has met five percent of its fundraising goal.

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Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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