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Via: Paul Salo
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This is the video for an IndieGoGo campaign called September 11th Redux with a goal of $1.5 million. The key quote from the information section of the fundraising campaign is this: "We are like a Mythbusters for September 11th." That pretty much says it all. These people want a lot of money to recreate 9-11 in whatever country they think will actually let them do this. 

Who knows if they will reach their goal/be allowed to drive an extremely large aircraft on autopilot into a building. But hey, if you donate $125 you'll get a T-Shirt that says "9-11: THE REDUX" which will be awesome for those of you who love explaining your clothing to the TSA and Federal officers. 

sad celebrity death Friends of R2-D2 Creator Tony Dyson Are Raising Money for His Funereal
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Tony Dyson, known best as the creator of R2-D2, recently passed away in his home in Malta. Now his friends have started a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of his funeral services. The GoFundMe page explains:

Sadly, as wonderfully savvy he was with creating, money wasn't one of his strong suits. As the people who love him dearly, we are trying to make his arrangements. His wish was to be donated to science, because he wanted those to look into his brilliant brain. Sadly, due to the circumstances surrounding his death (he died alone in his apartment of natural causes), he wasn't found quickly enough to have this happen.  We believe his next wish was to be cremated. We have gotten an invoice for this to happen, and the cost in US Dollars is close to $8000. Needless to say, this is more money than most of his friends have on hand.Malta does not do cremation, so his body has to be shipped to his home country, England.  This is the major expense and why it is so costly. 


So far, the page has raised $3,600 of it's $7,000 goal. 

Architects launch an Indiegogo campaign to build a full minas tirith from Lord of the Rings.
Via: Indiegogo
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Some want to read fantasy books to escape the real world. These architects want to do just the opposite.

A team of architects launched an Indiegogo campaign a few weeks ago with a goal to build a life-sized approximation of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginary city Minas Tirith, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Yes, they want to build an actual, full scale Minas Tirith somewhere in England.

We are an ambitious team of architects and structural engineers who are passionate about creating a beautiful, inspirational and fully-functioning replica of Peter Jackson's depiction of Minas Tirith, as seen in his Lord of the Rings films.

We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.



We aim to create both residential and commercial properties, allowing for sustainable growth and a high quality of life.

They only need £1,850,000,000 to make it happen. That's $288,2947,500, stateside.

In order to realise this amazing dream, we have calculcated our required budget to be in the region of £1.85bn. The vast majority of this expense will cover building costs - £15m for land, £188m for labour and £1.4bn for material.

The remainder of the money will be invested in maintenance and public services until the year 2053. We aim to commence work on Minas Tirith by the end of 2016, and complete the project by the end of 2023. We are currently considering two locations for Minas Tirith, both in southern England.



A wealth of available perks are all set and ready for those who donate. The architects will follow you on Twitter for a donation of £3 and you will receive a four-bedroom luxury penthouse for a donation of £1.7 million.

This perk goes to those who donate 100,000.

Grants you and your family exclusive access to all areas of the city, excluding private residences and businesses, and also permits use of horse-drawn carriages for transport. You will receive priority on property purchases, direct communication links to us (the developers) and a seat on the city's Executive Committee. You will also be invited to many annual exclusive events.



So far, it seems like they've had a tough time selling the project. The campaign has been underway for 12 days, and they've raised over £17,000 at the time of this writing, but that's not even 1 percent of the goal.

The campaigners have an appropriately pun-filled Twitter account to keep those interested up to date.