Elon Musk sells thousands of $500 flamethrowers

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On January 27, Musk - proprietor of SpaceX and Tesla - took to Twitter to extol the virtues of a flamethrower which his outfit The Boring Company purported to be selling - although he later admitted it was a joke product.

Uses aren't entirely clear (although we used to have one for clearing weeds which was pretty awesome), but Musk has already denied that he is planning to create a zombie apocalypse exclusively so he can generate a demand for flamethrowers.

In addition, Musk mega-fans can also pre-order The Boring Company's fire extinguisher, the description on which says it is "overpriced" at $30 (£21). " The flamethrower is not to be used "on Boring Company decorative lacquered hay bales or Boring Company dockside munitions warehouses". Now he's taken that to the next level by making and selling a flamethrower.

4,000 pre-orders for the weapons were made within the first 24 hours they were on sale.

CNNMoney, which notes the Boring Company has been selling merch to raise money for its tunnel-digging projects, says Boring intends to end sales of the flamethrowers after 20,000 have been sold.




The way these flamethrowers are getting sold, it not really illogical to expect the Boring Co. The Boring Company seeks to create a network of underground tunnels to ease traffic congestion.

We also don't know what, exactly, happens when you actually click order and pay $500 plus tax and shipping. "You may have already done so - we'll just lift it from one of your tweets". If you can't sell your significant other on the need to drop $500 on a flamethrower (it would be the best way ever to light the BBQ this summer), you will have the chance to play with one virtually.

Behind that password was a shop page that looks just like the one for The Boring Company's hat.

The product information page also says that fire extinguisher is sold separately for exorbitant amounts of money (which is Dollars 30). Musk announced early Monday on Twitter that 7,000 of the 20,000 available flamethrowers have already been ordered, bringing us to $3.5 million using a little multiplication.

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