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Have you ever had potato salad made by a Tanzanian astronaut? I thought not. Step #1: Become an astronaut. Step #2: Make potato salad. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 8, 2014.

Have you ever had potato salad made by a Tanzanian astronaut? I thought not. Step #1: Become an astronaut. Step #2: Make potato salad.

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[SUPER STRETCH GOAL]

UPDATED as of 8.7.14: If we reach $35,000, which is enough for me & my friend Leah to go to school next year, I will shave a bowl of potato salad into my head!! I have no idea how the barber will do that, but if a Tanzanian kid can reach the stars, ANYTHING is possible or, as they say in my country, Yote Yanawezekana.

As of today, we've raised $13,083 at rally.org/starday and $8,955 here on Kickstarter. Some donors have given by mail & other ways too, so we now have a total of about $27,700. So, with just $7300 more - a total of $16,300 here on Kickstarter, we'll reach our goal!!  Do you think we can make it by the time our Kickstarter project ends TONIGHT - Friday, August 8 at 1:08am?

Yote Yanawezekana!!!

[MY STORY]

My name is Gideon Gidori. I am 15 years old. I'm from Tanzania and I've dreamed of becoming Africa's first black astronaut for as long as I can remember. It was only today, though, that I figured out why: I was destined to create Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad and spread the love of potato salad across the galaxy.

All I have to do is become an astronaut first. And, I suppose, figure out how to make potato salad. Until then, it's only a dream.

So my plan is simple:

1. Become an astronaut.

2. Make potato salad.

To do step 1, I'll need an education. Don't worry - I'm already off to a great start! Last year, I received a scholarship to attend Florida Air Academy in the United States, and at the end of my very first year, I already had straight As on my report card. Next year, if I'm lucky, I'll start working on my pilot's license. (Awesome, right?!?)

The problem is, I don't exactly have the money to get through school - which is where potato salad comes in. 

It seems the good people of Kickstarter have a hankering for potato salad. 

So I will create, just for you, a recipe for Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad - which is only experimental, of course, until I, Gideon Gidori, succeed in my efforts to become Tanzania's first astronaut. (After all, there can be no OFFICIAL Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad until there's a Tanzanian astronaut, right?)

All I need is the funds to get my education so I can get started. Before Mr. Danger gave the internet this potato salad craving, I had been raising money at rally.org/starday - and already I've got over $12,000!!! But the truth is, to go to school next year, it will cost about $35,000. So I still need $23,000. And that's just for next year. Then I'll have two more years of high school. And then college. Let's just say Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad doesn't come cheap.  

For now, though, I've set a starting price of only $10 - after all, anything I make from my potato salad venture will help!! So, people of the interwebs, what's it worth to you to have potato salad made by the world's first Tanzanian astronaut?

It's totally worth it. I'm totally worth it. I promise.

(PS: Don't worry Kickstarter lawyers & people of the interwebs. I realize a project of this magnitude requires adult supervision. My friend, teacher & guardian here in the US, Stacey Monk, owns this Kickstarter account and will be overseeing my efforts.)

Risks and challenges

There's never been a black astronaut from Africa. There may be some socio-political mumbo jumbo in my way.
I don't exactly know how to swim, and I hear astronauts do their training under water. I may drown.
I don't have money for secondary school & college.
My country doesn't have a space exploration program. Yet.

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    With your help, I'll be on my way to becoming Africa's first black astronaut which is only the first step in my plan to dominate the universe with my uniquely Tanzanian potato salad recipe. You'll get a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    You'll get my photo eating potato salad in a homemade cardboard rocket ship!!!! I know, AWESOME!!! You'll also receive a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    You'll get my experimental Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe** and my photo eating potato salad in a homemade cardboard rocket ship. You'll also receive a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome. (**Please note: This recipe is only experimental. The official recipe won't exist until there's a Tanzanian astronaut. Since I'm only 15, that may take me a few years. Or decades. Please be patient. I haven't even got armpit hair yet. )

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    You'll get a video of me singing a song I will write about eating potato salad in a rocket ship on my way to outer space. (Please note: I am not a very strong singer. Maybe I'll get my friend Leah to sing with me. Also, I've never written a song before. I may need a little help.)

    You'll also receive my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    I will draw you a picture of me in a rocket ship eating potato salad and you'll get a video of me singing a song I will write about eating potato salad in a rocket ship on my way to outer space. You'll also receive my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    7 backers Limited (13 left of 20)

    I'll skype with you while you eat the potato salad you make with my recipe so we can enjoy it together!! You'll also receive my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    If all goes according to plan, you'll get invited to the greatest potato salad party in Tanzanian history when I lift off to space the very first time. (Please note: My delivery estimate for this reward may be a little optimistic since I'm a terrible estimator and I'm only 15. Sorry for any delays! Just have to get through puberty first. And college. And astronaut training. Thanks for your understanding & flexibility!)

    All your other rewards will arrive this year, though, including: my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    I will put your Kickstarter profile pic on my one-of-a-kind cardboard Tanzanian Astronaut space helmet. You'll also get an invitation to my Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad launch party, my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    I will make you an awesome origami star bracelet that will bring you good luck. (At least I hope it will! I'll whisper so many lucky things to it while I make it!) You'll also get an invitation to my Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad launch party, my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    I will print your face on a t-shirt that I will wear on my morning run. On the front, my shirt will say "I might be the world's most amazing teen." And on the back? "This is my friend, [Your Name]. (S)he's even more amazing than me." After I'm done, I'll send you the shirt with my very own sweat if you want. You'll also get an invitation to my Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad launch party, my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    You'll send me to school for a whole week, so I'll send you an autographed copy of my most recent report card. It's got straight As! You can put it on your refrigerator & pretend it's yours if you want! You'll also get an invitation to my Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad launch party, my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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    I will visit your company or your family to talk about dreaming big and believing in what seems to be impossible. I'm super shy, so this is super scary - but for you? It's totally worth it. You'll also get a ticket to my Tanzanian Astronaut Potato Salad launch party, my potato-salad-eating-rocket-ship-riding song, my super-secret Tanzanian Astronaut potato salad recipe, a photo of me eating potato salad in a cardboard rocket ship, a 'thank you' on my tumblr and I will wish on the stars for your life to turn out awesome.

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