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Potato Salad Kickstarter Raises $35,000

A first time potato salad maker recently had the ULTIMATE come up when he asked for $10 to make the summer BBQ treat and wound up with a whopping $35,000 in donations.

What theeeeeeee fawk?

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

Columbus resident Zack “Danger” Brown wanted to try his hand at making potato salad — so, naturally, he turned to the Internet for help.

He wasn’t seeking a tried-and-true recipe, though.

Using Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, the Italian Village resident asked all of the Web to help him finance his $10 effort.

Six days into the 30-day campaign, the solicitation has taken on a life of its own, yielding an unlikely $35,000 (and counting) from more than 3,000 backers worldwide (and counting), as of 5:00 a.m. today.

“I thought, if we made $60, that would be our stretch goal,” Brown said. “I was worried I would have to make $60 worth of potato salad.”

Now he’s cooking up much more.

As word of Brown’s efforts spread virally yesterday, a range of news organizations picked up the story.

Reports from the Huffington Post, The Times of London and Food & Wine magazine were among more than 160 listed in a Google search.

Hundreds of tweets yesterday centered on the potato-salad effort, and Reddit users, too, were abuzz over the phenomenon.

All the attention paid to the effort has left Brown with minimal sleep during the past 48 hours, and the co-owner of a software company headed last night to New York for an appearance today on Good Morning America.

The potato-salad campaign — begun on Thursday — originated in a discussion about Fourth of July plans during a Google chat early last week. Brown and a half-dozen friends started talking about their favorite backyard-barbecue side dishes.

That better be the BEST potato salad ever…

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