Elon Musk's latest circus-like attempt to distract from the negative coverage surrounding Tesla's production delays and his "The Boring Company's" stalled LA tunnel project has been surprisingly lucrative.
As it turns out, TBC's presale of what it touted as a $600 flamethrower generated millions of dollars in profits - $3.5 million, to be precise - in a single day, according to Musk.
7k— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2018
Musk glibly joked that "the rumor he is secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false."
The rumor that I’m secretly creating a zombie apocalypse to generate demand for flamethrowers is completely false— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018
Musk's idea to start selling flamethrowers began as a joke in December, when he said that if his company sold 50,000 hats, it would start selling flamethrowers.
After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017
While some might question Musk's ability to fulfill these orders in a timely fashion - and rightfully so - according to TeslaRati, the flamethrower already exists, and it’s fully functional, evidenced by a short clip posted by writer-musician D.A. Wallach.
Earlier this month, Musk managed another distraction, announcing that he had struck a deal with Tesla's board to make a few adjustments to his pay package: Musk would receive nothing in compensation unless the company meets certain performance and market cap benchmarks, concluding with Tesla swelling to a $650 billion market capitalization - which would make it one of the largest US companies.
Luckily for him, the man is already a billionaire.