- Elon Musk went on a weird tweetstorm early Friday morning about a snail.
- It appears to be a reference to how quickly he wants The Boring Company to move in its mission to build a network of tunnels under Los Angeles.
- Musk said if the tunneling could move at one-tenth of walking speed, a mile could be completed every three hours.
Elon Musk is not averse to an outburst on Twitter, but even by his standards, a tweetstorm in the early hours of Friday morning had some people puzzled.
It started with an emoji of a snail and developed into an allegory on how the mollusk is capable of moving faster than Musk’s firm, The Boring Company, is able to tunnel under Los Angeles.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2018
“His name is Gary & he’s a snail,” the Tesla CEO said, an apparent nod to the “SpongeBob SquarePants” character Gary Wilson Jr. “He taunts us with his speed … But The Boring Company is right behind you at 1/15th your speed & soon will be 1/10th! Start sweating.”
The tweet thread appeared to refer to something Musk said during a community meeting on Thursday in Los Angeles, where he discussed the progress The Boring Company was making in its mission to build a network of transportation tunnels under the city.
“We do want to be faster than a snail, which is way harder than it sounds,” he told the meeting, according to a video on Bloomberg. He said the ultimate ambition for the tunneling was to move at one-tenth of walking speed, which would mean you could “get a mile done every 3.3 hours.”
Last week, Musk posted footage of a prototype vehicle tunnel bored underneath Los Angeles, saying it would be available for people to use within months. People will be able to try it free, he said.