1. An organization for cuddling
Sometimes you just need someone to cuddle with. The good news is, there's a business out there that's willing to help — Cuddle Party. According to the company's website, Cuddle Party is a "playful social event designed for adults to explore communication, boundaries, and affection." These events are safe spaces where attendees can go to meet and talk to new people as well as to practice consent and asking for what they want, and yes, to just cuddle. Cuddling with strangers may sound like a strange concept, but there's value in their mission to teach boundaries, consent, affection, communication and non-sexual touch. The company, which was founded in 2004, is actually a federally recognized non-profit education organization. Cuddle Party hosts events throughout the United States and Canada, so whether you live in New York, California or Ontario — or anywhere in between — if you're looking to cuddle, you can attend an event near you.
2. A gas station that comes to you
Hate the hassle of going to the gas station to fuel up? What if you could have your gas tank magically filled up while you were at work? Booster Fuels aims to make that dream come true, according to TechCrunch. Booster Fuels' business model is fascinating — the company partners with large businesses to offer on-demand fuel service. To use the service, employees have to park their cars (leaving their gas caps open) and use the company's mobile app to request that their car be filled up. The Booster Fuels app allows customers to pay for their gas and notifies them of their delivery time. Booster Fuels primarily offers its services in Texas, where the company is based, but recently announced that it plans to expand in Silicon Valley thanks to recent fundraising success, TechCrunch reported.
3. A mystery marketplace
Looking to spend some of your hard-earned cash but not sure what you really want? SomethingStore can help. SomethingStore gives customers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new (never-used or refurbished) mystery item, or a "something" for $10 — but what is a something, you ask? According to the company's website, "your something may be a cool shiny gadget, rare book, party game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, portable table tennis set, pashmina scarf, set of kitchen knives, pair of handmade earrings, garden tool, kitchen appliance, electronic equipment, fine crafting tool or an office supply item." Basically, anything goes, so long as it's legal to trade in the United States and is worth at least $10. "Somethings" can be purchased outside of the United States for additional shipping charges, but shipping within the United States is free. The company has sold more than 200,000 somethings since its inception in 2007.
4. A mourner rental service
Making your entire business about death and funerals may feel a bit morbid, but somebody has to do it. Death is an unfortunate fact of life, so some businesses, like Rent a Mourner, try to make it a little easier to deal with. Rent a Mourner, a business based in the United Kingdom, allows you to hire professional mourners to attend funerals and wakes. According to the company's website, its mourners are "typically invited to help increase visitors to funerals where there may be a low turnout expected," noting that this can often be due to popularity or being new to a city or country. The company works with loved ones planning a wake or funeral service to create a strategy of how its mourners should behave — including a requested dress code — and fit in among other guests. The company promises punctuality, professionalism and discretion.
5. A prank candle company
Scented candles are essentially a household staple, and just about everyone appreciates a good, harmless prank. So what happens when you combine the two? That's what brothers Tyler and Mark Ward were wondering when they started their business, WTF Prank Candles. The brothers' prank candles start out smelling wonderful, with popular scents like apple pie and freshly cleaned laundry, but after a short while, things go south. The sweet-smelling aroma of fresh forest pine, for example, eventually gives way to the awful smell of skunk. And the person being pranked won't know it until it's too late. The trick candles come in innocent packaging, of course, and last for approximately 30 hours of burn time (the first 40 percent of which smells wonderful). They sell for $11.95.
6. An anonymous delivery for smelly friends
If you've ever wanted to anonymously let a friend know they smell, now you can, thanks to MyFriendSmells.com. The site is run by SWAGO Scents, a business that sells cologne wipes for on-the-go freshening up. According to the website, "Everyone has a stinky friend. A classmate, co-worker, boss, sibling or other stank suspect. Those days of smelliness are over — here is your chance to tell them what's up." How? All you have to do is put in your credit card information and your recipient's address, and choose whether you want to send one cologne wipe for $1.99, or a set of four for $4.99. The company's FAQ says that there is nothing the recipient can do to link the package back to you, and that each package comes with a short note that is not mean and does not contain profanity. Even if it is anonymous, it's probably not smart to send one of these packages to your boss or co-workers if you want to avoid any potential HR issues. But, if you want to prank your friends, MyFriendSmells.com might just come in handy.
7. A mobile wedding chapel
Need to get hitched on a budget? The Wedding Wagon may be able to help. This unique mobile company founded in Las Vegas provides a full wedding ceremony out of the back of a van for just $129. You choose when and where you want to get married — by the colorful fountains of the Bellagio, for example — and the wedding wagon will meet you there with a minister, a witness and a fully decked-out mobile chapel. For an extra hundred bucks, the Wedding Wagon will even arrange to meet you at some truly beautiful venues, such as Tahiti Village's 10th floor dining patio or Red Rock Canyon State Park.
8. An ancestor detective service
Untangling the branches of a complex family tree can get tedious. That's where Ancestral Discoveries comes in. The business, started in 2006 by Janice Sellers, helps people who are interested in researching their personal family histories. "People interested in family history generally come to me either because they've gotten stuck in their research at some point or because they want to know the information but are not inclined to do the research themselves," Sellers told Business News Daily. Sellers said she's always had a fondness for family history, and when she began helping friends research their pasts, she realized she could make a career out of it. She said she particularly likes being able to connect her clients with their long-lost ancestors and show them interesting things that happened in their families' pasts. Sellers' services range from $50 to $70 per hour, plus expenses.
9. A fantasy dating company
Are you a (slightly competitive) single gal seeking a more interesting love life? This next weird business is for you. Fantasy Dating Game is like a grown-up version of "Truth or Dare," and it's way more interesting than your last boyfriend's fantasy football league. Fantasy Dating's creator, Suzanne Casamento, said she built her business, in part, because she was sick and tired of hearing her single girlfriends complain about their lackluster love lives. Much like fantasy sports leagues, the Fantasy Dating Game allows single women to earn points by flirting with guys at Starbucks, slipping their numbers to cute bartenders and going on actual dates. Casamento said her site empowers women to take charge of their own love lives and gain confidence through dating.