Elon Musk Shows Joe Rogan What the Boring Company's Flamethrowers Can Do
Elon Musk and Joe Rogan seem to have formed a lasting friendship. After the tech mogul’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast to talk electric airplanes and spark a blunt, the two have seemingly reunited at Rogan’s studio. This time they chatted flamethrowers and werewolves.
Rogan posted a video on his Instagram account showing Musk touting one of the Boring Company’s “Not-a-Flamethrowers” next to a life-side replica of the werewolf from the 1980s horror film An American Werewolf in London. The Tesla CEO readies the fancy propane torch and unleashes a jet of flame that appears to be close to his hight, so potentially six feet and two inches.
“That’s preposterous,” says Rogan in the video.
“Dangerous to eyebrows” Musk replies.
The Boring Co. sold 20,000 of these rifle-shaped blow torches for $500 apiece, raising about $10 million in the process. That money is supposed to help the firm to continue to burrow tunnels that could one day enable a cross-country hyperloop. They are not — as the “Not-a-Flamethrower name implies — military grade, or even technically flamethrowers at all. Still, you’ll find them more than up to the task of starting a grill or sparking the occasional doobie.
Actual flamethrowers use diesel or gasoline to ignite enormous streams of fire that could engulf whole fields. The M2 Flamethrower used by the United States in World War II, for example could shoot up to a 131-feet of flame for up to seven seconds. The Boring Company’s fire spitter is powered by a propane gas canister that induces a fraction of flames an M2 does and that’s because it has to by law.
Perhaps luckily for Musk, California is the only state where U.S. citizens can legally own a flamethrower as long as it doesn’t exceed a range of 10 feet. So think twice before taking your “Not-a-Flamethrower” across state lines, it could cost you up to $10,000 in fines in some states.
Also don’t take Musk as an example of how to use the glorified torch either. While The Boring Co. calls it “the world’s safest flamethrower,” waving a 6-foot flame indoors is a no-no. Leave the pyromania outside, preferably far away from plants or trees and with a fire extinguisher at the ready.
You wouldn’t want to burn down your werewolf.