San Francisco — Before he became the director of one of the world’s most closely watched transportation companies, Steve Davis owned a bar. And not just any bar. Thomas Foolery was dubbed by the Washington City Paper “the wackiest bar in Washington”. It sold Ring Pops, kept a Bedazzler on the premises and gave 10% off to anyone who dressed up as Carlton from the TV show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

So it’s perhaps fitting that Davis is now the president of Boring Co, Elon Musk’s wackiest transportation start-up. Boring Co, despite its audacious goal of remaking urban transit, also created a media sensation last year by selling flame-throwers and building an actual watchtower as part of an elaborate Monty Python joke...

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