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Elon Musk Says That He And Grimes Have Named Their Baby X Æ A-12 And No One Can Deal

Can you imagine poor X Æ A-12 at roll-call time?

Elon Musk and Grimes have baby

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Elon Musk thinks he’s very, very funny.

The South African tech entrepreneur, Tesla CEO and Rick And Morty fanboy spends a truly mindboggling amount of his time online acting like a Reddit-obsessed 17-year-old. His Twitter profile is one long string of not very clever jokes about how he’s going to pivot to being a Soundcloud rapper, and desperate attempts to torch the price of his own stock just for the hell of it. To say that he’s insufferable would be an understatement.

Which is why the news that Musk has named his newly-born child “X Æ A-12” should be taken with a grain of salt. Sure, that’s what Musk said he had named the child on Twitter. And sure, both Musk and his partner Grimes are kooky folks, and speculation that they’ll give their baby a wild name has run rampant online for some time.

But both Grimes and Musk are constantly desperate for attention, and both spend their entire lives chasing it literally however they can. There’s no reason to think that this isn’t a stunt generated to get articles written like this one.

But hey, on the positive side, Musk and Grimes’ bizarre baby name has prompted a deluge of extremely funny memes online — funnier than anything that Musk himself could ever dream up.

Here, for instance, is a skit predicting poor X Æ A-12’s experience at roll-call time:

Here’s a guide for pronunciation for those who are confused:

And here’s but a few of the many, many memes guessing at the details of the strange life we all know poor X Æ A-12 is going to have:

Of course, this whole thing smacks of a weird kind of privilege anyway. Much of the world is in lockdown, people are losing their jobs, and Elon Musk, one of the richest men on the planet is amusing himself by making up dumb shit in the press.

Oh well. At least we’ll always have the memes.