37 Saddest Failed Kickstarters

Kickstarter’s 3rd anniversary this week, and they’ve had some great success stories. But not every project gets funded. Here’s a few of Kickstarter’s spectacular flops:

1. $0 of $6,000

“I had audiences laughing till they cried (one of them said she wished she had brought a change of underwear:)”

ID: 265250

2. $0 of $120

“Mothers Day is coming, and what better way to tell her you love her than this heart-warming shirt.”

ID: 264860

3. $21 of $300

“On July 7th, 2012 I will be presenting a concert of my very best work: my favorite adventure stories, folk-tales, story songs, harmonica music and (wait for it) sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) all framed in the tale of my own personal journey to become a professional entertainer.”

ID: 264882

4. $0 of $5,000

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“A pig in a pocket and the snake wants his turn too. The dog and the cat along with the rat all race toward the pocket to burrow inside.”

ID: 265365

5. $0 of $7,000

“One teenager can change the faith of all human kind. Jacob is a 22 years old teen from California - USA, that is addicted to physics and computer science. “

ID: 265312

6. $0 of $75,000

“Remember that scary movie you saw in theaters that made you jump out of your seat? What about when your boyfriend got scared, but tried to say he didn’t? What if you could have these reactions as pictures that could be shared instantly on Facebook or Twitter?”

ID: 265214

7. $470 of $275,000

The Pitch: “The design of the memorial features two small-scale symbolic World Trade Center Towers made of aluminum sheets with the names of all of the victims cut out of the sheets, leaving a lacy shell through which light is projected at night.”

ID: 264886

8. $0 of $5,000

“I currently just post poems online but would like to take this to a much broader audience. I don’t want to go through a major publisher as this can be time consuming, expensive and depressing.”

ID: 264890

9. $580 of $10,000

“I have taken so many dumb part-time jobs to keep it going that it is embarrassing and tiring.”

ID: 265077

10. $0 of $12,000

ID: 264963

11. $0 of $57,000

“I’ve had my share of wet dreams when I was younger because I stood thinking about some girl that I wanted while I was in still High School. Those are regular, normal stress release dreams.”

ID: 265053

12. $0 of $5,000

“I have poems on many different topics, even a spooky poem or two.”

ID: 265344

The Pitch: “f you’ve ever used Google Maps, you might have noticed the Street View. I want to do something similar, but in 3D, and with an Japanese anime-inspired aesthetic.”

ID: 264852

14. $0 of $8,500

“I want to put on this stage play at 5 different Theater’s; the stage play is already copywritten.”

ID: 265127

15. $120 of $15,000

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“Single Again allows you and your friends to experience dating in the new millennium without ever leaving your living room.”

ID: 265017

16. $5 of $5,000

“Are these crazed fans or just a couple of strangely dedicated bad apples?”

ID: 265382

17. $0 of $4,800

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“This documentary shares the stories of three people who have all had an encounter with Christianity, but have all went different ways. One is rich and famous, one is in prision serving 25 years to life, and one is now an athiest.”

ID: 265140

18. $0 of $2,500

“I lost my story twice on the computer that landed in the dumpster. I need one badly.”

ID: 265149

19. $0 of $8,000

“When not writing, my interests and hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, camping, hiking, golf, auto racing (I have raced karts – capable of speeds in excess of 100mph, pit crewed in the Indianapolis 500, and operated the driver communications board from the wall at the edges of speedways across the United States for my former client, two-time Indy 500 winner and national auto racing champion, Al Unser, Jr).”

ID: 265158

20. $5 of $7,500

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“In this game, each player takes on the role of one of billionaire Jonathan Glamcock’s hot house boys…I mean, employees.”

ID: 265042

21. $2 of $75,000

“All in all, the users will love their virtual world even more than they love their real world. They will crave their virtual world, they will need it… want it… constantly be in it… “

ID: 265328

22. $0 of $2,200

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“I want to experiment with many other fabrics and also design Boot-Skinz for ladies western boots. I also plan to market to teens.”

ID: 265192

23. $0 of $1,500

“A 20-page, full color comic book provides a glimpse at adventures to come and tells the story of Maya Smith, a homeless woman trying to find her place in life only to find it all too soon.”

ID: 265280

24. $0 or $8,500

“Pos­si­ble games include War, Go Fish, Sort­ing, Dis­tances, and Match­ing.”

ID: 265285

25. $0 of $1,000

“First, unlike the other businesses my reminders from Mr. Claus will be sent out year-round to remind kids to keep up the good work because Christmas will be here before they know it!”

ID: 265290

26. $0 of $30,000

“I would eventually like to tour the band nationally. My husband is a professional audio engineer, with experience on national tours, which is also a key element.”

ID: 265295

27. $0 of $50,000

“I would open a small and open layout, add some comfy tables and chairs, a register, and a complete running bakery in the back. Everything will be made from scratch and served with a variety of hot and cold coffees.”

ID: 265299

28. $0 of $10,000

“The band along side with the director decided that it’s crusual the music video for this song to be made in Macedonia, because it is a beautiful country with rich history and amazing, unique locations and the music video features an actress from Hollywood, Natalie Gal (Wall Street 2; Eat, pray, love; Jack and Jill…).”

ID: 265310

29. Karma Custom “You Reap What You Sow” Debut Mixtape: $0 of $800

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In the end, I represent a voice of this generation. The new voice of the young people.

ID: 265168

30. $0 of $5,000

“I am a broken girl, with a broken past, but an extraordinary future. I used art as my outlet, but suffered from depression for a while.”

ID: 265316

31. $0 of $30,000

“My shoe line is inspired by the mature modern woman and the spunky teenage girl.”

ID: 265320

32. $0 of $75,000

“This new studio will enable us to reach more teens/young adults with a relevant gospel message with a supernatural element.”

ID: 265326

33. $0 of $1,400

“While Gavin’s father is away at war, Thaddeus, a most enchanting sugar loving dragon, keeps watch over the kids as they have many adventures in Cornwall, England.”

ID: 265331

34. $0 of $19,750

“LOVE OF MUSIC is an on-going photo exploration of women posed in various romantic and erotic relationships with musical instruments (cello, guitars, harp, rock drums, etc.)”

ID: 265335

35. $0 of $7,500

“The Erotic Professionals are a elite group of individuals who provide high end sexual and escort services to financially qualified individuals from all walks of life.”

ID: 265338

36. $0 of $5,000

“She She Kouture Clothing and Accesories.”

ID: 265355

37. $0 of $10,000

“What if you could kill with just a thought? What if you couldn’t control that power?”

ID: 265378

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