Kickstarter is a great place for people to get their movies, inventions and other cool ideas off of the ground. One of my favorite success stories is the camping stove that can charge your gadgets. But, for every good idea on Kickstarter, there are a bunch that sound pretty crazy. The latest kooky idea I've come across is an emoticon Bible. That's right, someone wants to translate the entire Bible into those tiny smiley face icons that people, especially teenagers, use to text and instant message.
According to the project's creator, Kamran Kastle, putting together the Bible won't be cheap. He's looking to raise $25,000 to fund the project.
In a video posted on the Kickstarter page for the project, Kastle states that he's trying to make a Bible that's more accessible to young people by translating it into words - or pictures - they can understand.
In fact, the project's tagline is "One of the oldest books translated into one of the newest languages – Emoticons." That's a noble goal, but I don't think it's going to catch on.
Sadly for Kastle, this project looks like it's dead in the water. With just under two weeks left to raise funds, he's only picked up $28 in donations. That's a far cry from the $25,000 he's seeking.
It'll be difficult for the project to raise the money needed to succeed in the time it has left, but crazier things have happened on Kickstarter. Remember the guy who raised over $50,000 just to make potato salad?
Still, I just don't think too many people are going to invest their hard-earned money in this. It just looks too goofy.
Making the Bible more accessible for young people isn't a terrible idea, but I think Kastle is going about it all wrong. His project is just a little too out there for most people. But, that doesn't mean all Bible projects on Kickstarter are doomed to fail. Click here to see a great project that ended up raising over $1 million dollars to create a Bible that's easier to read.