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Semantics 101

When a company belonging to Tesla founder and general oddball Elon Musk released a recreational flamethrower for public sale last year – no, really – the entire 20,000-unit supply sold out in days. Gobsmacked California lawmakers instantly tried to ban them, but that bill quickly went up in smoke. (I’m on a roll, people!) Now, as CCN reports, the New York Senate has passed its own ban, sparking Musk to give the propane-powered fire machines a new name: the “Not a Flamethrower.” Palm slap to forehead. The measure is now in the Assembly.