Say what you will about Elon Musk, the eccentric South African inventor is certainly a man of his word.
After joking about boring a tunnel to escape Los Angeles traffic, he founded the Boring Company. Then a seemingly tongue-in-cheek tweet about sending a Tesla Roadster to Mars (while playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on loop, naturally) turned out to be a real attempt to launch the car into orbit with SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy booster.
Now Musk appears ready to deliver on another outlandish promise.
Last December, Musk vowed to make a Boring Company flamethrower if he successfully sold 50,000 Boring Company hats. The sales goal was met, and last Christmas Eve, Musk tweeted that flamethrowers were coming “soon.”
I know it’s a little off-brand, but kids love it
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017
It’s now one month later and it appears Musk has again made good on a promise. A Reddit user discovered that the URL “boringcompany.com/flamethrower” now redirects to a page with a password box. Another user successfully guessed the original password: ‘flame’.
Though the password has since been changed, at least one future pyro got through and shared details from the page. The listing features a prototype image of the flamethrower, noting that the “final production flamethrower will be better.” It also reportedly announces a retail price of US$600 and an expected shipping date in April.
It was leaked a few days ago but they changed the password pic.twitter.com/wcMXZ0ARFk
— Griddy McGridfinFace (@FalconGridFin) January 25, 2018
Further evidence of the flamethrower’s existence came in the form of an Instagram post. Writer-musician D.A. Wallach posted a brief clip of himself handling the fiery device during a tour of the Boring Company’s test tunnel at SpaceX. The video has since been deleted.
Skeptics have remarked that the prospective launch date could mean this is all an elaborate April Fools’ joke, but considering Musk’s track record, there’s every chance this thing is actually on its way. One thing’s for sure: if there really is a Boring Company flamethrower coming, it’s going to be a musk have.