As Twitchy reported earlier Thursday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was pleased to announce that he had received verbal government approval to build an underground “hyperloop” that would whisk commuters from New York to Washington, D.C. in just 29 minutes.

Those with more down-to-earth titles were surprised by the announcement, pointing out that “verbal government approval” isn’t how these things work, at all. New York City Hall said it was news to them, and Musk elaborated, saying there was still a lot to be done before securing “formal” approval of the project.

Well, it certainly won’t be with that attitude, mister.

Still, maybe Musk just happened to catch “the government” on a good day, because it seems a lot of people are reporting success in securing verbal government approval of just about everything.

Now that’s how things work.

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