Elon Musk is a self-made billionaire known best for being the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Those who browse through social media every now and then, know that the South African entrepreneur has gained a reputation as an oddball thanks to his weird takes on certain issues, as well as his absurd claims. He’s a strange man who never hesitates to share his equally baffling opinions with the rest of the world. Below is just a snippet of some of Elon Musk’s weirdest moments thus far.
1. That Time He Gave His Baby an Unconventional Name
Now he’s definitely not the only celebrity who’s given their child a strange name; some have named their children after colors and plants, fruits and even insects and sports. But Elon Musk and partner Grimes’ baby’s name looked like a bunch of random and unintelligible letters. How exactly do you pronounce “X Æ A-Xii”? According to the couple, their son’s name is a blend of their mutual love of mystery, artificial intelligence and a 1960s CIA aircraft. Talk about being creative.
2. That Time He Claimed A Monkey Could Play Video Games with Its Mind
If you’re familiar with Elon Musk, then you should know that he is somewhat (very) obsessed with intelligence – if the chips he wants to implant into our brains is anything to go by. But artificial intelligence holds a special place in his heart. So, when he claimed to have created the technology that will allow monkeys to play video games with their minds, people were shocked. For some reason, the billionaire wanted to see monkeys play Pong. If he isn’t careful, we could have a real-life version of Rise of the Planet of the Apes on our hands.
3. That Time He Claimed to Have Created A Bionic Pig
Musk didn’t stop with just primates; pigs have also caught his attention, which led to the alleged creation of a bionic pig named Gertrude. Like the monkeys, Musk claimed that there’s a working computer chip in its brain, and attempted to prove his point by prodding the pig’s snout with a straw, causing a graph of her brain activity to light up. A few seemed convinced while the majority were understandably doubtful, viewing it as just another of his publicity stunts.
4. That Time He Got into An Argument About Stealing a Gassy Unicorn
No, he didn’t get his hands on a mythical creature and captured its flatulence. Rather, the so-called unicorn fart is an artwork by Colorado potter Tom Edwards, who created mugs that depicted a cartoon unicorn harvesting its gas to power an electric car. Elon Musk seemed to have taken a liking to it and featured it in Tesla’s sketch pad software and Christmas design card. He got into a spat with the potter’s daughter who reached out to him on Twitter about not giving her father credit. Well, it wasn’t much of an argument: a few words were exchanged online and the entire ordeal was quietly resolved a month later.
5. His Really Odd Music
When he’s not prodding in monkey and pig brains, Elon Musk is probably putting together peculiar music that reflects his strange mind. Looking for some inspiration? Then listen to his dance single titled “Don’t Doubt Ur Vibe.” The track is an odd mix of European trance music and motivational mantras repeated over a backdrop of rising synth. There was also that time in 2019 where he released a trap song that talked about the shooting of Harambe the ape who was put down after a child climbed into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.
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