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These losing Kickstarters got zero backers (pictures)

From shirts that show off your man-pecs to unnecessary cake packaging, Kickended archives the most futile of futile Kickstarters, projects that received absolutely no pledges whatsoever.

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Amanda Kooser
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Bohemian Hemp Gladiators

Kickended, a site dedicated to failed Kickstarters with no pledges, is full of music-related projects, but a few products snuck into the mix. These Bohemian Hemp Gladiator sandals are one of the unlucky few. Designed for the "modern flower child," the $75 footwear made from braided hemp and colorful beads received no pledges. Perhaps the high price tag for the minimal sandals was off-putting to potential backers.

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Let them eat cake differently

The Cakebox Kickstarter was a solution looking for a problem. It had a video with a soothing indie soundtrack, but didn't manage to garner even a single pledge dollar. The concept was a slide-out box containing several individual vertical slices of cake that didn't require a fork. At $25 for a small box of cake, the project had no bites. It ended with $0 in pledges and now resides at Kickended, an archive of unbacked projects.

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3 of 9 Jonathan Gil

Deep-v shirts for men

This Kickstarter project for a super-deep v-neck shirt designed to show off a man's muscles didn't manage to start a new fashion trend. Instead, it raised $0 toward an $800 goal and ended up in the archives at Kickended, a site that gathers together crowdfunding projects with no backers.

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Worst Kickstarter photo ever?

Almost everybody likes cake, but absolutely nobody liked the Huney Cakes Kickstarter project. The project idea was noble enough. It was designed to raise money to expand a "cakery." It just failed to whet anyone's appetite thanks to the fuzzy photo of what appears to be a sloping hunk of chocolate cake with mystery decorations on top. It also failed to offer any form of cake as a reward. No wonder it ended up in Kickended's failed projects archive.

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5 of 9 Colin Aitkenhead

Stubby for golfers

The Stubby golf-training aid has a certain as-seen-on-TV sort of appeal. The failed Kickstarter suffered from a poor-quality pitch video and the fact that the product itself looks a bit bizarre. Built to represent the weight and balance of a real golf club, the idea was that backers would buy a Stubby and use it to hone their swings while indoors. It's not a bad idea, but it still looks like it could cause some damage to your furniture if you weren't careful about where you were swinging it.

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6 of 9 Jonathan St. Mary

Time-traveling martial-arts hero

The Black Belt Brown Kickstarter project actually features an entertaining premise: it's the story of time-traveling Kung Fu action hero told through photographs.

It failed to attract any backers, though, and ended up in the archives at Kickended, a site dedicated to failed Kickstarters with no support at all. Perhaps the vague description and lack of images doomed Black Belt Brown to obscurity.

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7 of 9 Randy Moruzzi

Surfboard/digital wall clock

Some Kickstarters finish their runs with absolutely no backers at all. That's what happened to an odd project that combines a carbon-fiber surfboard with an integrated LCD flat panel that acts as a clock, music player, video player and calendar. It cost a whopping $375 for a 40-inch-long version with the LCD. That's a lot for a surfboard that can never go in the water.

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8 of 9 Melissa Moore

Match Holders 2.0

The Match Holders 2.0 project was founded on the idea that "some of us just love using matches." The match holders were little shot-glass-like containers designed to hold a bunch of matches in one place,  with a $10 pledge price for a single holder.

Apparently, there weren't enough match lovers to pledge even $1 to the project.

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9 of 9 London Wright

Tees for beauty

A series of specialized T-shirts aimed at beauty professionals failed to catch on with Kickstarter backers in early 2014. Though the designs were certainly eye-catching (featuring nail polish splashes, hair scissors and eye makeup), it wasn't enough to convince even a single backer to sign up to push the project toward its $15,000 goal. This is one of thousands of projects collected on Kickended, a site dedicated to $0-pledge projects.

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