An Ohio man's quest to make potato salad
cooks up $50,000
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[July 09, 2014]
By Lisa Maria Garza
(Reuters) - All Zack Danger Brown wanted
to do was make potato salad and find a few dollars for ingredients. He
has amassed 4,000 supporters, and at one point on Tuesday, about $50,000
in financial support from a campaign on Internet fundraiser Kickstarter.
"Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what
kind yet," the 31-year-old Ohio man wrote on the campaign page.
He was initially asking for $10 to make the picnic side dish but
word quickly spread about his endeavor, which became a global
"The thing people are responding to is the opportunity to come
together around something equal parts absurd and mundane. Potato
salad isn't controversial, but it seems to unite us all," Brown
wrote on an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.
The financial support numbers have wavered with donors signing up or
pulling out as the campaign has garnered more attention.
User comments have asked Brown to donate the excess amount of cash
to a charity, but that violates Kickstarter's terms to prevent
backers from unknowingly donating to causes they do not support.
Brown is promising donors who give $3 or more a "bite" of one of
four possible recipes, including a vegan option.
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"It might not be that good. It's my first potato salad," he said.
(Refiled to add "salad" in first paragraph)
(Editing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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