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Elon Musk’s flamethrowers

February 1, 2018.


“Flamethrower.” © Boring Company.

We’re now convinced that the head of Tesla and Space X can sell absolutely anything. Last year, Musk sold 50,000 Boring Company logo caps for $20 each. “After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower,” he joked. Today, he made good on his word - he posted a video of himself playing with a flamethrower and a page for pre-orders now appears on the website. You might say that the term “flamethrower” is a bit of a stretch - the device looks more like a roofer’s propane blowtorch than an actual combat weapon that can shoot burning fuel across distances of several dozen metres. It seems to have nothing to do with the tunnel-boring company and, believe it or not, he’s already sold 20,000 flamethrowers, at $500 each, in just a few days! People are seriously nuts. At the same time, one of Musk’s other ventures, Tesla, is still struggling to produce enough Model 3 cars to deliver on thousands of pre-orders.

Ars Technica, “The Boring Company is really pushing the definition of ‘Flamethrower’.”

Circuit Breaker, “Elon Musk has sold all his flamethrowers.”