Elon Musk isn’t your typical Billionaire. In an economic bracket known for eccentric behaviors, Musk stands out. The South African-born American magnate is the founder of SpaceX, the brains behind Tesla Inc., co-chairman of OpenAI and the CEO of Neuralink. But it is one of his other companies, The Boring Company, making headlines this week.
Instead of electric cars, or trips to Mars, Musk is now focusing on street-legal flamethrowers.
After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017
He announced on Twitter in December that if The Boring Company could sell 50,000 hats, he would start selling flamethrowers. “I know it’s a little off-brand,” Musk wrote, “but kids love it.”
Kids do love flamethrowers. So do adults, though most of those adults are men who never got to play with flamethrowers when they were kids. And that may turn out to be beneficial for Musk, as The Boring Company flamethrower is expected to sell for $600.
Selling 50,000 hats for The Boring Company was easier than he’d assumed. It only took two weeks. At that point, Musk had to make good on his flamethrower promise, or admit it had been a joke.
So is it a joke?
Hats sold out, flamethrowers soon!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2017
“Mark this down as one of the promises Elon delivers on,” The Verge writes, “apparently, because it looks like the Boring Company flamethrower is here. Redditors in a few SpaceX, Boring Company, and Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this week that the URL ‘boringcompany.com/flamethrower’ started redirecting to a page with a password box. And at least one user was able to guess the original password, too: “flame.” (It’s since been changed.)”
It was leaked a few days ago but they changed the password pic.twitter.com/wcMXZ0ARFk
— Griddy McGridfinFace (@FalconGridFin) January 25, 2018
“According to a Redditor who figured out the password (‘flame’), which has since been changed,” Task and Purpose writes, “he or she was redirected to another page where they had the option to pre-order Musk’s flamethrower. ‘Prototype pictured above,’ the listing apparently read. ‘Final production flamethrower will be better.’ The Redditor also claimed the page said the flamethrower will start shipping in April.”
It is still unclear how the flamethrower will function. How far will the flame stretch? What will fuel it? How much fuel with its tank hold? And where is its tank? For now, we have very little to go on. The image looks like a Nerf gun with a small section of hose at the back.