When Elon Musk sold 50,000 hats emblazoned with The Boring Company’s logo, he didn’t move on to selling t-shirts, hand towels, or even anime-style pillowcases featuring a bishounen version of himself. No, he did what anyone of us would do (especially if we were Hank Scorpio) and began selling flamethrowers for the low, low price of $500. That’s right, Musk wasn’t kidding around when he said The Boring Company would sell real-life flamethrowers. In fact, Musk has sold more than $7.5 million worth of the wacky weapons thus far. This may seem like an odd choice of merchandise given that The Boring Company is Musk’s venture for building massive tunnels underneath Los Angeles to alleviate traffic woes, but boring gigantic tunnels is expensive work and perhaps they need the flamethrowers to fight the Mole Man’s subterranean minions.
[brightcove video_id=”5722057773001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”rJs2ZD8x”]According to The Boring Company’s website, its new product is the “world’s safest flamethrower,” and it is “guaranteed to liven up any party!” In the interest of safety, The Boring Company is also selling a fire extinguisher for $30. (It is just a normal fire extinguisher, but it comes emblazoned with a sweet The Boring Company sticker.)
Image: The Boring Company
Those who have cash to burn will have to sign a terms and conditions agreement prior to receiving their flamethrower, which is alleged to begin shipping in the spring. However, given Musk’s track record of staying on schedule with Tesla production, that delivery date is subject to change.
Musk even took to Instagram to demonstrate the flamethrower in action.
Of course, despite his claims to the contrary, we know what Elon Musk is really planning for.
The rumor that I’m secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018
Sure it is, Elon, sure it is.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg on today’s episode of Muskwatch. In addition to Musk’s unexpected fire sale, hosts Kyle Hill and Dan Casey (that’s me), are giving you the latest updates on SpaceX’s highly anticipated Falcon Heavy launch, huge leaps in cloning technology coming out of China, and much more.
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Images: The Boring Company; Elon Musk; 20th Century Fox