So who is getting the flamethrower?

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Big supporter of the concept but two concerns:

Is this what it takes to finally beat the snail?

Does it burn fossil fuels or an oxygen mix like the rockets?
 

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Big supporter of the concept but two concerns:

Is this what it takes to finally beat the snail?

Does it burn fossil fuels or an oxygen mix like the rockets?
Important questions. Note, Flamethrower rumored to be a defensive item for The Boring Company employees as they may encounter underground creatures while tunneling.
 

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One hour of playing with this thing should offset a whole year of carbon emission savings from switching to electric. He was doing so well.
 

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I think it's funny but ultimately a pretty pointless waste of money for a quick laugh. I know some people can afford to drop 5 bills to get a chuckle from their friends (and I'm not judging), but I'd rather have a nice cover for my model 3 or an aftermarket interior lighting upgrade kit, or even a share of TSLA (not investment advice).
 

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Makes you wonder whether Elon is an environmentalist or a capitalist. It’s contradictory to be both.
Oh, if it has to be a choice, then capitalist. For sure.

If Elon was just an environmentalist and not a capitalist, we wouldn't have that company, those cars or this site.
Elon recycling, riding his bike, and marching around trying to get other people to change their ways would not be nearly as interesting.
 

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Makes you wonder whether Elon is an environmentalist or a capitalist. It’s contradictory to be both.
Sigh.

Must everybody be a 100% committed environmentalist in every aspect of life?

If he convinces the entire global population to switch over to electric cars, does that not count as being an environmentalist because he also launches fuel-burning rockets, and sells a few thousand fancy butane torches dressed up as make-believe flame throwers?
 

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The whole point of Elon starting The Boring Company was for the dad jokes. He deserves to have a hobby, even if it's pointless.
Sorry if I was being unclear, I meant pointless for people like myself. That $500 flame thrower will be entertaining for all of 10 minutes and then the thrill will wear off. Sure you can pull it out when friends come over, but that's going to get old fast too.

You're of course correct that Elon deserves to have a hobby.
 
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@garsh i agree that dreamer is one of the best words to describe Musk. Doer is another. It’s too bad how he must resort to capitalistic methods in order to achieve his environmentalist goals. He’s all of the above.

But now in this day and age of mass shootings and terrorism, why of all things a flamethrower?

It would be interesting to see, though, whether his marketing genius works again this time.
 

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But now in this day and age of mass shootings and terrorism, why of all things a flamethrower?
Because it's silly and fun.

No terrorist or mass-shooter has ever made use of a flamethrower to kill people, so that line of reasoning doesn't seem relevant. Please be careful where this discussion goes - I'll have to lock the thread or delete posts if we end up talking about the politics of private ownership of firearms.
 

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Because it's silly and fun.

No terrorist or mass-shooter has ever made use of a flamethrower to kill people, so that line of reasoning doesn't seem relevant. Please be careful where this discussion goes - I'll have to lock the thread or delete posts if we end up talking about the politics of private ownership of firearms.
I am with @$ Trillion Musk that this is most probably the strangest idea to-date. Yet you state it right. It is both silly... and fun. Depending on where you are, you're either going to look at this as one or the other, or both! Clearly, many looked at it as fun enough for cumulative orders to be already at 7k per Elon's tweet 8 hours ago... ;)

Also, yes, we are on thin water as to potential deviations here so also concur we probable don't need to keep this thread open for much longer.
 

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All the time I thought he was (over-)selling zippos after the hats.
But here we are, and I should have known. I knew he is crazy af...

Anyways, as much as I like to support him, I don't have 500 for the lulz. M3 investment has to be enough.