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Elon Musk denies secretly creating zombie apocalypse to fuel demand for flamethrowers

30 January 2018, 01:26 | Kenneth Drake

What? You don't think I can get away with selling an actual flamethrower?Image Mark Brake Getty Images

What? You don't think I can get away with selling an actual flamethrower

After creating massive companies, like PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City, Neuralink, and Open AI, entrepreneur Elon Musk has turned his sights on selling hats and flamethrowers. Yep.

Elon Musk may be selling flamethrowers, but he swears he's not setting up for the zombie apocalypse. The total now exceeds 10,000 units, worth US$5 million, said a spokesman for the company.

A flamethrower might not seem like it has much to do with digging tunnels or hyperloops; this is because it has absolutely nothing to do with those things.

Tech guru Elon Musk promised last December that his newest company would develop a flamethrower, and now it looks like this might be one promise he'll follow through on. It's apparently sold a lot of them, too.

And for those wondering South African laws don't expressly prohibit the sale or ownership of flamethrowers though we would check with your local authorities before dropping close on R6 000 for Musk's latest product.

Musk's startup - The Boring Company - warns that the £355 price tag excludes taxes and shipping costs, and that customers need to apply for worldwide sales. People were able to pre-order them for $500 each, and could buy an "overpriced" fire extinguisher with a "cool sticker" for $30 as well. He is now giving live updates of how many of these flamethrowers have been sold. This product is a "super awful idea", he notes in his post, yet it's now available for preorder on the company's site.

Have you bought one of Musk's flamethrowers yet?

Asked whether the Boring Company's new device was authentic or, in fact, some sort of early April Fools' Day joke, a company spokesman insisted that the device was no joke, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Unless you like fun", he said. The shipping for the product will start in the spring. And, branded with the name of Musk's Boring Co., it's something you can preorder for $500. Likely, it's already earned more, since pre-orders have been open through the night, though it's still available as of this writing and so presumably hasn't sold out.



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