Fresh off announcing the birth of his sixth child, Elon Musk has reunited with Joe Rogan for an episode of Rogan’s wildly popular podcast. And before you ask, no; there were no joints in sight. Instead, much of the two-hour-long podcast was spent discussing Musk’s outrageous baby name, COVID-19’s constitutional violations and recent claims that he plans to sell all of his worldly possessions. Strap yourself in, this was a wild ride.
Starting with the most pressing conversation, Musk addressed concerns that his son’s name X Æ A-12, was completely indecipherable. Sure, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue and since the kid was born (on Star Wars Day no less) social media has been champing at the bit to find out what it means and how to say it. Turns out Musk isn’t entirely to blame for the unusual moniker.
“First of all, it was my partner (Grimes) who mostly came up with the name,” Musk said. “It’s just X, as in the letter X, and the Æ is pronounced ‘ash’. A-12 is my contribution. It means Archangel 12, a precursor to the SR-71. It’s true. The SR 71 came from a CIA program called ‘Archangel’ – It’s the Archangel project.”
We’re not really sure if that cleared anything up, but Musk quickly moved on to the matter of his recent tweets. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO recently claimed that he plans to sell all of his houses, noting that possessions ‘weigh you down’. “I’m slightly sad about it actually, but I think possessions kind of weigh you down,” he told Rogan. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Part of it is, like I have a bunch of houses but I don’t spend a lot of time in most of them, and that doesn’t seem like a good use of assets. Somebody could probably be enjoying those houses and get better use of them than me.“
This isn’t just a publicity stunt either. Musk is following through on his claims, listing two of his homes on Zillow for $US39.5 million combined. The Tesla CEO revealed that the reason he has so many houses in the first place was purely a safety measure. Apparently, he started buying the houses surrounding his Bel Air home after people tried to climb over walls to get in. We can only imagine they didn’t make it because he’s got some kind of Tony Stark-esque security feature that explodes intruders when they come within 50 feet of the property.
Either way, Elon Musk’s second appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience is an interesting and revealing take. Watch the whole podcast above and make up your own mind.