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2007-10-14 02:42:56 PM
How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

C'mon HIV!!
 
2007-10-14 04:11:14 PM
Uh, a bunch of these are actually good ideas.

People like antenna balls & well-made diaper bags, after all - no reason why they would limit their purchases to the offline world.
 
Ra_
2007-10-14 05:00:12 PM
I love hearing success stories

found a funny link there too
stripperrant.com (link)
 
2007-10-14 05:13:47 PM
That was written in August. Not quite as old as some other greenlights, but still. C'mon people, read the dates before you submit the link.
 
2007-10-14 05:20:53 PM
9. SantaMail

Ok, how's that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer.



Meh. That's a rip off. The post office in North Pole Alaska will send out your Santa's response to your kid (with a North Pole cancellation mark) and it only costs you a couple stamps.

North Pole Christmas Cancellation (pops)
Postmaster
5400 Mail Trail
Fairbanks AK 99709-9998
 
2007-10-14 06:43:39 PM
How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

I don't see how this one is a 'stupid' idea... most of the dating sites out there now have the ability to search for HIV+/-..

It only makes sense --- HIV+ people have a hard time dating, because HIV-'s tend to avoid 'em.
 
2007-10-14 06:50:22 PM
xtex: How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

I don't see how this one is a 'stupid' idea... most of the dating sites out there now have the ability to search for HIV+/-..

It only makes sense --- HIV+ people have a hard time dating, because HIV-'s tend to avoid 'em.


Avoid 'em like the plague, really.
 
2007-10-14 06:51:40 PM
Farked after 6 posts? I guess the Commodore-64 web server can be taken off the list now.
 
2007-10-14 06:53:10 PM
just dropped in to say: touchdown, Randy Moss?

not yours!
 
2007-10-14 06:56:08 PM
sorry, wrong thread!
 
2007-10-14 06:56:31 PM
Their website didn't seem to make the list of things that shouldn't have worked but did.

/farked already.
 
2007-10-14 06:56:43 PM
Robo Beat
xtex: How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

I don't see how this one is a 'stupid' idea... most of the dating sites out there now have the ability to search for HIV+/-..

It only makes sense --- HIV+ people have a hard time dating, because HIV-'s tend to avoid 'em.

Avoid 'em like the plague, really.


BWAHAHAHAHA

/going straight to hell for laughing at that
//aisle seat, please
///what do you mean you only have kosher meals prepared?
 
2007-10-14 06:56:44 PM
Wait... now is that ten ideas, each of which are worth one million dollars? Or is that a random number of ideas that are each worth ten million dollars?

The mind reels.
 
2007-10-14 06:57:15 PM
hmm site already farked, or just me?
 
2007-10-14 06:57:51 PM
is Wikipedia in there somewhere?

/damn link is down already
 
2007-10-14 06:58:06 PM
nermatode: just dropped in to say: touchdown, Randy Moss?

not yours!


nermatode: sorry, wrong thread!

Strangely, this kinda makes sense here.
 
2007-10-14 06:58:13 PM
CityHall: Farked after 6 posts? I guess the Commodore-64 web server can be taken off the list now.

I don't understand these web servers that are farked after a few hundred clicks. My $10 per month shared hosting account can easily take 25,000+ hits in a couple hours for crying out loud...
 
2007-10-14 06:59:06 PM
How about a 24/7 speedy condom and lube delivery service?

Just have a bunch of on-call agents with scooters and a supply of condoms and lube and other similar accessories, and a 1-800# that routes the call to the nearest available agent. So long as you could process the order and have delivery in less than 20 minutes I think it would work.

Just have it around college campuses and promote the hell out of it.
 
2007-10-14 06:59:21 PM
Alacritous: How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

C'mon HIV!!


img.photobucket.com
You've got the AIDS...not HIV but full, blown, AIDS!

$110,000 for 50,000 people to spread HIV? I'll do it for half that with a pogo-stick, a bag full of needles, and a days admission to six-flags.
 
2007-10-14 06:59:24 PM
Apparently their site wasn't one of the great ideas in the world.
 
2007-10-14 06:59:56 PM
Alacritous: How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

C'mon HIV!!


wow. Is it just me, or is the act of hoping more people get HIV the height of Douchebaggery? Especially if it's just so you can turn a profit.


Personally, I like the story of that one high school dropout who went to work as a fry cook, then got a business loan to open his own chain of small-time restaurants without any formal study of business models, accounting, or distribution/logistics. Turned Wendy's into a household name and became a multi-millionaire without even a GED.

Or that one pimple-faced snot who dropped out of college, got together with some other nerds, and lied with a straight face to the largest computer and business equipment company on the planet about a product that didn't exist yet, and now he's wiping his arse with hundreds. Bill Gates may be a prick, but you have to admit that he is a successful prick.

Ideas, good and bad, can only be judged in hindsight. What someone else sees as a fool's errand may well be the next brilliant innovation.
 
2007-10-14 07:00:43 PM
Anyone got the article saved on their cache or something?

Maybe an archived version of the page?

A photo you took of your screen by accident?

Anything?
 
2007-10-14 07:01:53 PM
That million dollar pixel idea is basically saying, "Ha, ha...you could have done this...but I did."
 
2007-10-14 07:04:23 PM
1. Million Dollar Homepage

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel - that's perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

2. PickyDomains

Hire another person to think of a cool domain name for you? No way people would pay for this. Actually, naming domain names for others turned out a thriving business, especially, when you make the entire process risk free. PickyDomains currently has a waiting list of people who want to PAY the service to come up with a snappy memorable domain name. PickyDomains is expected to hit six figures this year. Full Story

3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

4. LaserMonks

LaserMonks.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe County, 90 miles northwest of Madison. Yeah, real monks refilling your cartridges. Hallelujah! Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million! Praise the Lord. Full Story

5. AntennaBalls

You can't sell antenna ball online. There is no way. And surely it wouldn't make you rich. But this is exactly what Jason Wall did, and now he is now a millionaire. Full Story

6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.

7. PositivesDating.Com

How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

8. Designer Diaper Bags

Christie Rein was tired of carrying diapers around in a freezer bag. The 34-year-old mother of three found herself constantly stuffing diapers for her infant son into freezer bags to keep them from getting scrunched up in her purse. Rein wanted something that was compact, sleek and stylish, so in November 2004, she sat down with her husband, Marcus, who helped her design a custom diaper bag that's big enough to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers. With more than $180,000 in sales for 2005, Christie's company, Diapees & Wipees, has bags in 22 different styles, available online and in 120 boutiques across the globe for $14.99.

9. SantaMail

Ok, how's that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer. Full Story

10. Lucky Wishbone Co.

Fake wishbones. Now, this stupid idea is just destined to flop. Who in the world needs FAKE PLASTIC wishbones? A lot of people, it turns out. Now producing 30,000 wishbones daily (they retail for 3 bucks a pop) Ken Ahroni, the company founder, expects 2006 sales to reach $1 million.
 
2007-10-14 07:05:53 PM
Learned Louisianian: Ideas, good and bad, can only be judged in hindsight. What someone else sees as a fool's errand may well be the next brilliant innovation.

Reminds me of another: the guy who wrote a paper on a reliable overnight delivery service and received a C on it because the idea was inherently infeasible. Fred Smith. Founded FedEx.
 
2007-10-14 07:07:41 PM
1. Million Dollar Homepage

1000000 pixels, charge a dollar per pixel - that's perhaps the dumbest idea for online business anyone could have possible come up with. Still, Alex Tew, a 21-year-old who came up with the idea, is now a millionaire.

2. PickyDomains

Hire another person to think of a cool domain name for you? No way people would pay for this. Actually, naming domain names for others turned out a thriving business, especially, when you make the entire process risk free. PickyDomains currently has a waiting list of people who want to PAY the service to come up with a snappy memorable domain name. PickyDomains is expected to hit six figures this year. Full Story

3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

4. LaserMonks

LaserMonks.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank, an eight-monk monastery in the hills of Monroe County, 90 miles northwest of Madison. Yeah, real monks refilling your cartridges. Hallelujah! Their 2005 sales were $2.5 million! Praise the Lord. Full Story

5. AntennaBalls

You can't sell antenna ball online. There is no way. And surely it wouldn't make you rich. But this is exactly what Jason Wall did, and now he is now a millionaire. Full Story

6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.

7. PositivesDating.Com

How would you like to go on a date with an HIV positive person? Paul Graves and Brandon Koechlin thought that someone would, so they created a dating site for HIV positive folks last year. Projected 2006 sales are $110,000, and the two hope to have 50,000 members by their two-year mark.

8. Designer Diaper Bags

Christie Rein was tired of carrying diapers around in a freezer bag. The 34-year-old mother of three found herself constantly stuffing diapers for her infant son into freezer bags to keep them from getting scrunched up in her purse. Rein wanted something that was compact, sleek and stylish, so in November 2004, she sat down with her husband, Marcus, who helped her design a custom diaper bag that's big enough to hold a travel pack of wipes and two to four diapers. With more than $180,000 in sales for 2005, Christie's company, Diapees & Wipees, has bags in 22 different styles, available online and in 120 boutiques across the globe for $14.99.

9. SantaMail

Ok, how's that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer. Full Story

10. Lucky Wishbone Co.

Fake wishbones. Now, this stupid idea is just destined to flop. Who in the world needs FAKE PLASTIC wishbones? A lot of people, it turns out. Now producing 30,000 wishbones daily (they retail for 3 bucks a pop) Ken Ahroni, the company founder, expects 2006 sales to reach $1 million.
 
2007-10-14 07:08:32 PM
3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.

images.jupiterimages.com


I'd wear a pair.
 
2007-10-14 07:10:29 PM
Kome: That was written in August. Not quite as old as some other greenlights, but still. C'mon people, read the dates before you submit the link.

Yeah, people. Articles stop being interesting after existing for two days. What were you THINKING?
 
2007-10-14 07:12:00 PM
Sahrial: 3. Doggles

Create goggles for dogs and sell them online? Boy, this IS the dumbest idea for a business. How in the world did they manage to become millionaires and have shops all over the world with that one? Beyond me.
I'd wear a pair.


But...they do nothing.
 
2007-10-14 07:12:25 PM

6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.


i could actually really use this
/reaching for my wallet
//jogging and crunches get real old fast
 
Ra_
2007-10-14 07:13:07 PM
Learned Louisianian: Ideas, good and bad, can only be judged in hindsight.
What someone else sees as a fool's errand may well be the next brilliant innovation.



You can't be afraid to fail.
Failure is part of the process.

Idea men are relatively rare
but there has never been any shortage of assholes
who are always right there to tell them why their idea won't work.
 
2007-10-14 07:13:11 PM
What about the guy who invented the pet rock? I mean, the guy made a million dollars

/obscure
/not at all, just wanted people to comment about how not obscure it is
 
2007-10-14 07:15:59 PM
charlesmartel11235: 6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it online for $18.95. Sounds like a disaster idea to me. But former Navy SEAL and fitness instructor Phil Black reported last year sales of $4.7 million. Surely beats what military pays.

i could actually really use this
/reaching for my wallet
//jogging and crunches get real old fast


Just shuffle it with a deck of those "spice up your marrige" sex cards and have yourself an interesting day.

Though you might lose your gym membership.
 
2007-10-14 07:17:40 PM
images.jupiterimages.com

The Doggles, they do nothing!
 
2007-10-14 07:19:39 PM
DaCricket: 9. SantaMail

Ok, how's that for a brilliant idea. Get a postal address at North Pole, Alaska, pretend you are Santa Claus and charge parents 10 bucks for every letter you send to their kids? Well, Byron Reese sent over 200000 letters since the start of the business in 2001, which makes him a couple million dollars richer.


Meh. That's a rip off. The post office in North Pole Alaska will send out your Santa's response to your kid (with a North Pole cancellation mark) and it only costs you a couple stamps.

North Pole Christmas Cancellation (pops)
Postmaster
5400 Mail Trail
Fairbanks AK 99709-9998


What a crock. Everyone knows that the North Pole isn't in Alaska.

Santa's TRUE address is:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE HOH OHO CANADA
 
2007-10-14 07:24:49 PM
cerebrus9: FTW! I totally remember sending mail to H0H 0H0...ah to be young.
 
2007-10-14 07:25:12 PM
subby: Fark doesn't make the grade

Drew will get over it.
 
2007-10-14 07:33:57 PM
Five o' Clock Somewhere: The Doggles, they do nothing!


img168.imageshack.us
 
2007-10-14 07:34:15 PM
HIV-positive means you have the antibodies for HIV in your system. HIV itself is almost impossible to locate as a live virus. The people who supposedly die from HIV are really dying from a variety of different causes, as in wild sex, drug use, and STD's; depression from finding out they have AIDS; retroviral drugs that do nothing except kill their immune system; etc. Remove HIV-positive from the equation and these people are no different from anyone HIV-negative dying from the same causes.

Incidently, the last person you want to make out with is another HIV-positive person - not because of the HIV, but because there's an extremely high chance they'll have an STD or some other nasty thing you can catch and die from. Plus they'll probably be depressed and suicidal and die within a few years due to the massive amounts of retroviral drugs they're taking.

AIDS is a syndrome, HIV is only one of a million different potential causes. Having HIV antibodies probably doesn't mean you have the live virus.
 
2007-10-14 07:35:37 PM
Sahrial: I love it!
 
2007-10-14 07:35:41 PM
j0ndas: HIV-positive means you have the antibodies for HIV in your system. HIV itself is almost impossible to locate as a live virus. The people who supposedly die from HIV are really dying from a variety of different causes, as in wild sex, drug use, and STD's; depression from finding out they have AIDS; retroviral drugs that do nothing except kill their immune system; etc. Remove HIV-positive from the equation and these people are no different from anyone HIV-negative dying from the same causes.

Incidently, the last person you want to make out with is another HIV-positive person - not because of the HIV, but because there's an extremely high chance they'll have an STD or some other nasty thing you can catch and die from. Plus they'll probably be depressed and suicidal and die within a few years due to the massive amounts of retroviral drugs they're taking.

AIDS is a syndrome, HIV is only one of a million different potential causes. Having HIV antibodies probably doesn't mean you have the live virus.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2007-10-14 07:37:08 PM
charlesmartel11235: 6. FitDeck

Create a deck of cards featuring exercise routines, and sell it Soonline for $18.95.

i could actually really use this
/reaching for my wallet
//jogging and crunches get real old fast


We used to do the same thing for PT in the Army, just use a plain deck of cards. 4 suits, 4 excercises. Hearts=crunches, diamonds=diamond pushups, clubs=knee benders, etc, do the number on the card.

Damnit. Why didn't I see the genius in this when I was trying not to puke up 2 for 1 gin and tonics from the night before?
 
2007-10-14 07:38:38 PM
Five o' Clock Somewhere: Sahrial: I love it!

/bow

My first ps to fark lol. Keep it if you want, it's on imageshack so you never know when it will die.
 
2007-10-14 07:40:05 PM
JustBalls.com
 
2007-10-14 07:48:41 PM
anonymous If you're going to spam a website, you might want to make it one that works. Oh, and STFU, GTFO, etc.
 
2007-10-14 07:50:47 PM
j0ndas: AIDS is a syndrome, HIV is only one of a million different potential causes. Having HIV antibodies probably doesn't mean you have the live virus.

Do you have a pulse? People being able to live today with HIV as a chronic condition is due to the antiviral drugs that suppress the HIV virus and keep the "viral load" low to undetectable. How do people who believe all these idiotic conspiracy theories even function in the modern world.
 
2007-10-14 07:55:09 PM
Five o' Clock Somewhere: anonymous If you're going to spam a website, you might want to make it one that works. Oh, and STFU, GTFO, etc.

images.wikia.com

Take a deep breath, we tend to fark websites all the time.
 
2007-10-14 08:00:26 PM
#11 Techno viking (new window)

There has to be a way to make a lot of money off of this.
 
2007-10-14 08:02:45 PM
treecologist: #11 Techno viking (new window)

There has to be a way to make a lot of money off of this.


A healthy stolen kidney can go for thousands on the open market.
 
2007-10-14 08:03:18 PM
*big deep breaths*

ok

I think I'm alright now.

I was mostly being silly, I guess that didn't come across :P Oh well. Internets. Serious Business.
 
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