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Infographic: non-starters

Every year we pick our favourite bizarre projects from crowdfunding sites. Here’s 2015’s crop of projects so bad they’re good.

This infographic was taken from Delayed Gratification issue #21. You can buy the issue in our shop or get it for free if you take out an annual subscription now with promo code ‘SOCIAL20’.


Disposable cleaning stick for small places
“In 2005 I was cleaning my car and found myself using my business cards to get in that seam around my gearshift… So I created Handistix.”
$5 pledged of $18,000 goal


Fresh Marker!
“Stands your dry erase markers upside down magnetically to the whiteboard at all times. Keeping the tip moist and full of ink. The magnetic backing lets you place it wherever you like! ”
$100 pledged of $10,000 goal


Emergency Duct Tape pouches
“Ever have the need to get something to stick to something else and not have a way to do it?… This product was inspired by a real need for Duct Tape with none available.”
$0 pledged of $7,542 goal


Aopun – Never touch a door handle ever again
“Aopun will open the heaviest and most germ infested door handles you come across.”
$2,106 pledged of $5,000 goal


“Just slide your dirty shoes into BootScoots! No more frustration of removing shoes.”
$1 pledged of $3,500 goal


The Invisible Computer
“The first Desk Drawer Computer. Slide the system out, flip up the monitor, and you are ready to work.”
$12 pledged of $20,000 goal


ReadySip – Smart wireless hot coffee temperature monitor
“ReadySip is a one-of-a-kind connected device to help you do one thing: Sip Smarter.”
$6,199 pledged of $20,000 goal


Is the Earth actually flat?
“The whole world has fallen for ‘their’ game. We want the truth to be revealed via a ground-breaking documentary.”
£4 pledged of £110,000 goal


The Taliban Love – Most Surreptitious Love Story Yet
“Where would this rare love between an American soldier and a Taliban rebel lead? To eternal happiness or insidious death?”
$0 of $10,000 goal

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
Qi podcast

The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme