Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk has done something insane…again. Just a week from launching a cherry red electric Tesla Roadster to a Mars heliocentric orbit atop the most powerful rocket in the world, Musk decided that this world was missing something: More flamethrowers. Over at Boring, Musk’s new drill-holes-under-America company, they are manufacturing and selling rifle-sized flamethrowers for $600 dollars a pop.
“World’s safest flamethrower! Guaranteed to liven up any party!” Boring says.
This is not a joke. And in fact, you can buy a matching Boring-branded fire extinguisher for about $30 which the company claims is “overpriced” and “you can definitely buy one for less elsewhere, but this one comes with a cool sticker”
The debut of the flamethrower must mean that Boring sold out of the 50,000 Boring baseball caps they produced and priced at $20 a pop. That means that the company has raised almost $1 million dollars in sales from merchandise.
While Elon Musk was touting the hat sales on Twitter in December, he promised to start selling flamethrowers soon but everyone thought it was a reference to something in science fiction or simply a joke. We also thought so when he said he was launching a sportscar to Mars. Yet here we are.
A little digging also revealed an old tweet from 2013 where Musk shows his love for flamethrowers.
I love indoor flamethrowers pic.twitter.com/aAnFftoD
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2013
Screenshots of the Boringcompany.com sales page leaked a week ago when it must have accidentally went live for a little while. Elon Musk officially started sales last night when he started a string of social media posts on both Instagram and Twitter. First, he posted a photo of the flamethrower with the caption “say hello to my little friend” a reference to Al Pacino’s famous line in Brian DePalma’s classic Scarface.
“When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!” said Musk on Twitter. At that time, preorders of the 20,000 flamethrowers Boring will manufacture were already coming in and hit 1,000. “Obviously, a flamethrower is a super terrible idea. Definitely, don’t buy one, said Musk. “Unless you like fun.” Just a couple of hours later the presales were up to 2,000.
Elon Musk then responded to rumors that he may create demand for the flamethrower. “The rumor that I’m secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false,” Musk says. “You’d need millions of zombies for a so-called “apocalypse” anyway. Where would I even get a factory big enough to make so many!?”
Elon Musk Tesla factory is one of the largest in the world. And presales of the flamethrower were at 4,000 when he last tweeted about the zombie apocalypse.
Also, his mom got a flamethrower.
— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) January 28, 2018
If you need a refresher on why Elon Musk has started digging a hole underneath Los Angeles its because he hates traffic:
Image Credit: Boring