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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