Elon Musk has claimed that the names of new Covid variants are giving him inspiration for the names of future children.
The world’s richest man was responding to a story discussing how variants of Omicron are appearing differently around the globe, rather than just as a single strain.
On Twitter, Shibetoshi Nakamoto – the pseudonym for the person behind the cryptocurrency Dodgecoin – posted a screen grab from the article along with a caption.
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“Did Elon Musk name these new covid variants[?]” they asked.
Musk appeared to deny that he was in fact the person behind the naming, but did it admit it was giving him inspiration.
He replied: “Definitely giving me kid naming ideas”.
Musk has a bit of a track record of unusual baby names.
In May 2020, the Tesla founder shared a snap of his and musician Grimes’s newborn son.
The accompanying caption revealed that the baby boy’s name was “X Æ A-12 Musk” – something that people still find impossible to pronounce.
X Æ A-12 was the couple's first child together.
Some people were convinced the name was pronounced as “X Ash Archangel”, in reference to a Lockheed aircraft that is nicknamed Archangel.
On Twitter, one fan mused: "How do you pronounce that even? Like you can't just go "Come here X AE A-12", like is it pronounced John or Smith. You can't just hide this."
Musk himself joked about the pronunciation of the name on Saturday Night lIve last year, saying: “It's pronounced ‘Cat running across the keyboard’.”
But he has also stated that it’s pronounced “X Ash A 12” – and he and Grimes affectionately shorten this to “Ash”.
It’s believed that Musk has a total of 10 kids, including a second child with Grimes that was born via surrogate.
They include five children from a previous marriage – twins Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai.
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