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Here’s the Meaning Behind the Weird Name of Elon Musk’s Baby, “X Æ A-12”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his musician partner Grimes welcomed their first child together on Monday, May 4, and people can’t seem to get over what the couple just named their newborn baby.

Elon announced the birth of their son on Twitter which friends and followers quickly congratulated him for. When asked what his son’s name was, he replied, “X Æ A-12 Musk.” Yup, allow that to sink in.

At first, people thought he was just kidding. But a much later tweet by Grimes explaining the meaning behind the strange name proved it was as real as it could possibly be.

So what’s the story? Grimes breaks it down for us:

“•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)”

The name became one of the top trending topics of Twitter today with netizens making countless memes to joke about how the baby may not actually be human, but a robot designed by Musk or an alien of Grimes’ creation.

Here are some of the funniest ones we’ve found:

What are your honest thoughts about X Æ A-12 Musk? Let us know in the comments below!

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