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Strangers Raise $250K for Grieving Popsicle Vendor, 89

'There will be no need for me to work'

(Newser) - A week ago, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his paleta cart again, thanks to a kind stranger. Joel Cervantes Macias says he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart in the Little Village neighborhood on Thursday. It turns out... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

Kickstarter Digs Deep Into Case of Doomed Drone

Was Europe's largest Kickstarter ever a scam?

(Newser) - It had all the makings of fraud, or at least some level of incompetence: a Kickstarter product that raised a ton of cash, didn't ship on time to backers, didn't work properly, and sent the manufacturer into bankruptcy. Not only that—it was the largest project out of... More »

Get Zzz's Anywhere With This Inflatable Hoodie

Seriously, you can doze off just about anywhere with this Kickstarter product

(Newser) - Coming up with an invention that will appeal to the masses is the goal of every creator worth his or her salt, and the folks behind the Hypnos Hoodie think they've done just that. "This is a product that a lot of people need in their daily lives,... More »

Down-on-His-Luck Busboy Finds $3K, Turns It In

Johnny Duckworth says he never even considered keeping the money

(Newser) - A Colorado busboy who's low on cash and dealing with medical issues didn't let his own woes stop him from doing the right thing. Johnny Duckworth found $3,000 Tuesday in an envelope that had fallen behind a booth at Randy's Southside Diner in Grand Junction, the... More »

Syrian Refugee Whose Story Went Viral Moves to US

'The Scientist' is hoping to restart his life in Troy, Michigan

(Newser) - A Syrian refugee whose moving story went viral earlier this month starts his new life in Troy, Michigan, on Thursday, NBC News reports. The refugee—who wants to keep his real name out of the media to protect family members still in Syria—is known as "The Scientist" on... More »

Have a Seat, Chris Hansen's Back on the Predator Beat

Ex-NBC host's Kickstarter campaign let him film first set of busts in Connecticut

(Newser) - For four days earlier this month, a temporary tenant took up residence in Fairfield, Conn., someone who probably would have been familiar to many of the locals if he weren't holed up in a house with police, waiting for potential sex offenders. It was Chris Hansen, ex-host of NBC'... More »

Kickstarter Will Help You Help Refugees

Crowdfunding site teams up with White House

(Newser) - Kickstarter is crowdfunding for Syria, at the request of the White House, which asked if the crowdfunding website could find ways for the US public to help Syrian refugees, the Guardian reports. The result: this special Kickstarter page launched Tuesday, through which people can donate money that will go to... More »

Family: Racist Camper Terrorized Us at Reunion

Now residents of Calif. community are crowdfunding to welcome them back

(Newser) - Kanisha Allen tells ABC10 that when she and other relatives, gathered at a Northern California campground on Rollins Lake for their annual family reunion, heard racist remarks from the campsite next to theirs on Saturday, they initially ignored them. "When you're African-American, you have to do that sometimes... More »

Senator Tries to Crowdfund Alabama's $300M Shortfall

He's raised $598 with only $299,999,402 left to go

(Newser) - Crowdfunding: If it's good enough to bring Veronica Mars back or cook up a $55,000 potato salad , it's good enough for financing an entire state, right? Last week, Alabama state Sen. Paul Sanford set up a GoFundMe page to fix his state's budget woes. Sanford explains... More »

This Is What 1K People Covering Foo Fighters Sounds Like

The project has been a year in the making

(Newser) - What started off as an idea in May 2014 and turned into logistical and technical gymnastics in the months leading up to the big event has just been pulled off. One thousand people from all over Italy gathered in a field in the northern town of Cesena to perform the... More »

Smithsonian Launches $500K Kickstarter for Famous Suit

They'll leave lunar dust on Neil Armstrong's moonwalk getup, though

(Newser) - "Reboot the Suit" is the slogan for the Smithsonian Institution's new campaign to restore Neil Armstrong's famous moonwalk spacesuit—and the museum group has launched its first-ever Kickstarter campaign to reach its $500,000 goal, Smithsonian reports. Funds raised will go toward conserving the spacesuit so it... More »

5 Kickstarter Projects That Failed Miserably

Apparently no one wants to back a superhero made of poop

(Newser) - The generous donors of Kickstarter are known to fund everything from a kitten card game to a potato salad . But some projects don't attract backers at all. The Washington Post takes a look at the interesting and weird projects that didn't make one cent.
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Celeb Uses Kickstarter to Hunt for 'Loneliest Whale'

Leonardo DiCaprio donates money to Adrian Grenier project

(Newser) - Another case of stars crowdfunding cash from other stars : Entourage star Adrian Grenier has launched a Kickstarter campaign to find a mysterious whale, and it just received $50,000 from Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental nonprofit. The campaign just ended today, and the Hollywood Reporter says the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's... More »

$310K Raised for Guy Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson gets a new Ford Taurus, too

(Newser) - The story of a Detroit man who walks 21 miles round-trip to work has just taken a turn for the better, the Detroit Free Press reports. Thanks to a banker, a college student, and a car dealer, 56-year-old James Robertson will be able to take a load off. It started... More »

$185K Raised for Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

Detroit Free Press story on James Robertson proves life-changing

(Newser) - The Detroit Free Press ran a front-page story this weekend about a man who walks 21 miles a day to and from work—and it's proving both the power of the press and the warmth of the human heart. The story caught the attention of a student at Wayne... More »

Kickstarter's Most-Backed Project: Exploding Kittens

Internet's new darling has more than 107K backers with days to go

(Newser) - When last seen, Exploding Kittens had reached its $10,000 Kickstarter goal in eight minutes and zoomed right on by, racking up a hefty $1.8 million as of last Wednesday. But the Internet, apparently a big fan of "kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,"... More »

The Oatmeal's Kickstarter Reaches Goal in 8 Minutes

Is currently up to $1.8M

(Newser) - The creator of popular comic website The Oatmeal launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to make a card game, and let's just say things are going well for him. " Exploding Kittens ," a Russian roulette-inspired game created by The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman along with Elan Lee and Shane... More »

'Operation' Inventor Needs Money for Actual Operation

Friends launch crowdfunding page for John Spinello

(Newser) - The man who asked the world to remove funny bones with tweezers at the risk of a small zap is getting a little payback from fans of his beloved game. John Spinello created the board game Operation in the early 1960s but now finds himself in need of surgery and... More »

What Happens to Kickstarter Projects That Don't Get Made?

Reaching funding goal is just the beginning

(Newser) - Just because a crowdfunded project reaches its donation goals doesn't mean the project will ever actually come to fruition. Instead, plenty of projects—including some that receive a lot of media hype—are stalled or perhaps canceled altogether. Ars Technica takes a look at cases like myIDkey , which pulled... More »

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