Elon Musk went on a weird tweetstorm about a snail -- and it's a reference to how quickly he'll tunnel under Los Angeles

GettyElon Musk wants The Boring Company to move faster than a snail.
  • 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 tunnelling 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.

“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 tunnelling 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.

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