Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Elon Musk and his partner Grimes welcomed their new son, naming him ‘X Æ A-12’, which probably would’ve been a better name for a new Tesla series.
2020 has been supremely weird, and quite frankly awful. The world has been halted because of COVID-19, we’ve seen every single event cancelled, and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and his musician partner Grimes, have decided to name their newborn son ‘X Æ A-12’ – yes, you read that correctly. Please fill us in on how you pronounced it in your head.
X Æ A-12 Musk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
Taking to Twitter, Elon Musk decided to reveal the news in a series of fragmented replies to fans keen to know on the condition of Grimes after the birth. “Mom & baby all good,” Musk tweeted to one person, then attaching a photo of the baby complete with Photoshopped tattoos.
Soon after, one fan asked for the name, by saying “we literally need it.” Well, I can say one thing for sure and certain, we really didn’t need it, because holy moly, it’s a doozy. “X Æ A-12,” replied Musk.
Although many have taken it to be a joke, Grimes herself has actually taken to Twitter to reveal what the name stands for, but to be honest I’m not sure that it sweetens the deal at all.
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent ?
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️? metal rat)
— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ ??? 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
“X, the unknown variable, Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence), A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defences, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent + (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat).”
All in all, happy for them for becoming parents, but at least give the kid a chance in life. I could almost understand a normal name with kooky spelling, or even a hard-to-pronounce name that will have the kid explaining it to teachers for years to come, but ‘X Æ A-12’? Give me a break.
If it wasn’t going to be hard enough to go about a normal life with Elon Musk and Grimes as your parents, the poor kid as no chance now with a name like that.