Mystery Over Elon Musk’s ‘Boring’ Flamethrower Deepens | News & Opinion

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Users this week discovered what appeared to be a pre-order page for an actual Boring Company flamethrower.


Boring Company flamethrower

Evidence is mounting that Elon Musk may actually be getting ready to start selling a flamethrower. Either that, or the transportation entrepreneur is orchestrating an elaborate prank.

Musk first announced plans to launch a flamethrower in December when his latest startup, The Boring Company, started selling branded baseball caps. “After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower,” SpaceX and Tesla CEO teased on Twitter before reiterating the promise later that month with the tweet “Hats sold out, flamethrowers soon!”

Some took those tweets as a joke while others surmised that The Boring Company is planning to sell pocket-sized flamethrowers, aka lighters.

As The Verge first reported, the mystery deepened this week when a Reddit user discovered the following password-protected URL: “boringcompany.com/flamethrower.” It didn’t take long before someone was able to figure out the super-secure password (“flame”) and break into the site. Don’t bother trying that password anymore, because it’s since been changed.

When they got in, users discovered what appeared to be a pre-order page for an actual Boring Company flamethrower. A screenshot posted on Twitter indicates that Musk and Co. plan to sell the fire-wielding device for $600.

“Prototype pictured above,” the product description reads, before hilariously noting that the “final production flamethrower will be better.”

The Verge cited one Reddit user who said the flamethrower is slated to ship in April, causing the site to speculate that this may be an April Fool’s Day joke. As for what actually comes to pass, we’ll just have to wait and see.





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