Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
It was the must-have gadget of, well, last week.
Elon Musk’s, retailing at $500, within days of its launch. All 20,000 were gone.
Everyone wanted one, it seemed.
Musk had made it appear so very exciting.
Now he has to face a familiar problem: delivery. And it seems there is indeed a little problem here.
So much so that he insists he’s going to have to rename the product.
No, he isn’t going to call it the Exciting Company flamethrower.
Instead this, he says, is a customs issue. In a Friday tweet, Musk explained the problem.
“Apparently,” he tweeted, “some customs agencies are saying they won’t allow a shipment of anything called a ‘Flamethrower.’ To solve this, we are renaming it ‘Not a Flamethrower.'”
It’s an imaginative solution, for sure.
I can foresee the world’s customs officers looking at a package labeled “Not a Flamethrower” and thinking: “Well, that’s a relief. Flamethrowers can be very dangerous.”
Musk might be aware of this. In another Friday tweet, he suggested an alternative name: “Temperature Enhancement Device.”
Yes, that should take the heat out of the situation.
Still, some might wonder whether “not a flamethrower” is actually a more accurate description of the gadget.
To remain legal in the US, the device shoots flames less than 10 feet. Military flamethrowers can send them anywhere from 30 to 100 feet. The more sanguine among us might therefore describe Musk’s version as a fancy blowtorch.
A Boring Company spokesmanmy CNET colleague Amanda Kooser: “The Boring Company flamethrower is safer than what you can buy right now off-the-shelf on Amazon to destroy weeds. Much like a rollercoaster, this is designed to be thrilling without danger. Dangerous flamethrowers are already regulated and require a permit to own in California.”
Nevertheless, one California lawmaker.
Perhaps calling it “Not a Flamethrower” everywhere would assuage the lawmaker’s concerns.
Oh, this is all amusing marketing for Musk.
It keeps him in the spotlight, while taking a little focus away from Tesla, which is currently enjoying some.
Perhaps Musk could start delivering some less-than-finished cars and label them “Not a Model 3”?
Just to keep the customers entertained for now.
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