Elon Musk, the genius behind Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop and The Boring Company, is well known for being a bit eccentric, in a good way. Now he’s taken that to the next level by making and selling a flamethrower.
- Watch Elon Musk's Hyperloop pod smash 200mph
- T3 Drives: the Tesla Model S P90D is a greased-lightning glimpse of the future
Musk, who is working on helping colonise Mars, is busy on earth digging holes. The idea being that his Boring Company will create tunnels which allow people to travel at high speed, alleviating traffic and speeding up transit on earth, and helping avoid radiation when living underground on Mars. He also sells a flamethrower. What’s the link?
The link is pretty much non existent. Musk started selling hats for The Boring Company for a laugh – pretending that would pay to run it. Then, as a joke, he tweeted that when they sell out he’d begin selling flamethrowers. 50,000 hat sales (aka $1 million) later and he’s actually followed through.
The “world’s safest flamethrower” is available now to pre-order on The Boring Company website for $500, which is about £360. If you’re in the US this is all you’ll need to worry about as the law says that flamethrowers with flames under 10 feet are legal, which this appears to be. Here it is firing:
Just to be safe Musk is also selling “an overpriced Boring Company fire extinguisher”, for $30 which is about £22. This has in the description: “You can definitely buy one for less elsewhere, but this one comes with a cool sticker and the button is conveniently riiight above.”
The Flamethrower will be shipped outside of the US, from spring time, but you’ll need to pay any important taxes on that, the website warns. Totally worth it, right? Here’s Elon having some scary fun with the flamethrower in action.