To play along with the game Simon Says (or Simple Simon Says), you do exactly what he bids. When it comes to playing Elon Musk’s game, the point is to do the opposite it seems.
Musk’s Boring Company – a business venture which is working toward creating underground tunnels to ease traffic in Los Angeles – began taking pre-orders for a flamethrower at $500 (about R6,000) apiece this past weekend.
In December the Boring Company began selling caps for $20 ( about R240) to make some money. Musk said that if 50 000 caps were sold, they would start selling flamethrowers, too.
The hat goal was reached and so true to his word pre-orders for Boring Company flamethrowers opened. Musk in typical, atypical style posted a video of himself playing with the flamethrower with the following comment on Instagram, “Don’t do this. Also, I want to be clear that a flamethrower is a super terrible idea. Definitely don’t buy one. Unless you like fun.”
By Monday afternoon, customers had pre-ordered 10 000 of the 20 000 units the company planned to produce, however not everyone is thrilled by the idea.
In California, a politician named Miguel Santiago said that he intends to bring in legislation to prevent the flamethrower from being sold to the public in California. At this point the flamethrower is legal, as it doesn’t emit a flame larger than 10 feet, which means that it doesn’t fit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ definition of an illegal flamethrower.
If this is real, I’m outraged and you should be too. If this is a joke, then it’s a terribly insensitive one given that we’re coming off of the worst wildfire season in history. Either way: NOT FUNNY. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. https://t.co/DCC2xyVsn4
— Miguel Santiago (@SantiagoAD53) January 29, 2018
If a $500 flamethrower is not enough, you’ll find a Boring Company fire extinguisher for $30 (about R357) directly below the flamethrower on company website. The product description reads, “Buy an overpriced Boring Company fire extinguisher! You can definitely buy one for less elsewhere, but this one comes with a cool sticker and the button is conveniently riiight above.”
Update: On 1 February, only days after the 20 000 flamethrower units went on sale, Elon Musk tweeted,” Flamethrowers sold out.”
Flamethrowers sold out
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2018