Flamethrowers: Has Elon Musk lost his mind?

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Elon Musk's tunneling startup, The Boring Company, has officially unveiled its flamethrower. TechCrunch notes the $500 price tag doesn't include shipping fees and taxes, and the site notes "aspiring flamethrower aficionados" have to sign a "terms and conditions" contract.

Almost two months later, a seemingly playful joke turned oddly real with Musk noting that a flamethrower could come in handy. There is no real explanation as to why he is selling flamethrowers beyond the fact that he can and clearly thinks its amusing.

As it turns out, there will be 20,000 more.

"Buy an overpriced Boring Company fire extinguisher!" Musk's device seems to squeeze in under that definition as the flame only goes a few feet. They did, and now the flamethrower is for sale.

Elon Musk is invited to help write the flavor text for the flamethrower in question. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted at Elon Musk that he wanted to put the flamethrower into the next Borderlands game. Considering that Musk's surprise flamethrower throws less than the regulations of the California Health and Safety Codes 12750 and 12761, The Boring Company can sell them as much as they please.

The Boring Company only plans on selling 20,000 flamethrowers, which are set to ship in spring. No dates about the release of the Freezegun have been provided. More than 2,000 people have pre-ordered the device so far, according to Musk on Twitter. Selling flamethrowers is just one way it has been raising money to fund operations. That's why this one from last December sounded more like an Onion headline than anything: "After [we sell] 50k [Boring Company] hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower". The name "Boring Company" is a play on words, since the company is actually focused on 'boring' tunnels for trains and his proposed Hyperloop.

Musk's announcements on Instagram and Twitter about the flamethrower have all been in tongue-in-cheek tone, but his legions of followers have lapped up the chance to buy a flamethrower from The Boring Co.