So, the news is in. Elon Musk and electronic pop musician girlfriend Claire "Grimes" Boucher's baby has been born, and it's a boy — that will ultimately choose its gender. But that's not the news that really got everyone talking.
We take a look at how the internet reacted to the bizarre internet name unveiling.
1. The big announcement
Yesterday, on May 5th, 2020, Elon Musk publicly announced the name of his newborn child, "X Æ A-12", in a reply on Twitter.
X Æ A-12 Musk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
He also replied to a poster asking whether the baby is a boy or a girl and, in response to tweeters asking for photos, also posted images of the newborn, whose name would be on everyone's tongue — if they could pronounce it.
Boy— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
It is worth noting that it's best to take any of Elon Musk's tweets with a pinch of salt, seeing as he's been known to be cryptic and controversial on Twitter, sometimes to disastrous effect for his companies.
And yet, "X Æ A-12 Musk" is here. As far as we know, that is the real name.
As can be seen on Twitter trending, at one-day-old, the baby has probably set some kind of world record when it comes to being the youngest person to become a pop culture icon.
2. No one knows how to pronounce "X Æ A-12"
How on Earth do you pronounce "X Æ A-12"? When in doubt, just post a meme.
How to pronounce X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/R5LhxVNfLL— n (@FVlTHBREAKER) May 5, 2020
It could be pronounced in computer beeps and boops.
Could be wrong but I'm pretty sure this is how you pronounce X AE A-12 pic.twitter.com/jxvfzSMRL6— Paul Kelly (@Paulkelllly) May 5, 2020
It could be gibberish.
me trying to pronounce grimes and elon musk baby name pic.twitter.com/xPxs1Niqdn— kiki (@geniezz) May 5, 2020
Or it could be the computerized sound of a demon cat. There's only one thing we know for certain, just make sure no one asks John Travolta!
3. Many suggested the name is code
As this poster on Reddit suggested, Musk and Grimes went to a book in Minecraft instead of a book of baby names when they were thinking of names for their child.
The game is famously known for helping young kids learn the basics of computer programming and coding.
Minecraft has amazing legs— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2020
Musk even mentioned Minecraft a day before "X Æ A-12" was born. Illuminati confirmed.
4. Countless people tried to decipher the "X Æ A-12" code
Online commenters have been quick to try to crack the code. Tweeter @flcnhvy looked to be on the right track as their post asking if it means "X Ash Archangel" was hit with a like by Elon Musk himself.
X Ash Archangel? pic.twitter.com/cRhNptBiU7— Viv 🐉 (@flcnhvy) May 5, 2020
Others maybe read a little too much into the significance of the letter, or Roman numeral 'X'.
X = 10 in Roman numerals, 10 is an angel number representing god and his government on the earth, ‘god said’ appears 10 times in Genesis I. Grimes has a song titled Genesis. Maybe X means Genesis. 🤣— Tierney Mannion (@tierney_mannion) May 5, 2020
5. This one sweet theory is very likely true
A song on musician Grimes' recently released album Miss Anthropocene is called '4ÆM'.
Theory: this is true and the baby will be called Ash (representing the world tree of Norse mythology perhaps?). The song 4ÆM on Grimes’ new album is a coded dedication to their son. 4ÆM = ‘For Ash Musk’— Tanisha (@VivaTanisha) May 5, 2020
It turns out the title for the song, which was unveiled at last year's Game Awards, was very likely chosen as a sweet tribute to the soon-to-be-born baby.
6. Another one joins the simulation
To some, Elon Musk and Grimes' baby being called "X Æ A-12" is all the proof they need that we are, in fact, living in a simulation.
X AE A-12 joining the simulation mid global pandemic pic.twitter.com/AiyXbnSh5W— cameron (@Cam_has_corona) May 5, 2020
Musk, of course, has said this himself on more than one occasion.
7. Many said congratulations
Amongst those saying their congratulations were progressive presidential campaigner and universal basic income proponent Andrew Yang.
Congrats to Grimes and Elon for the new baby boy! 😀❤️🎉— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) May 5, 2020
A certain Engineering-themed publication also chipped in.
Congrats!— Interesting Engineering (@IntEngineering) May 5, 2020
We're sure the high-profile couples' social media feeds are flooding with well-wishes as we speak.
Welcome to the world, little X Æ A-12 Musk.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 5, 2020
Your Dad's nuts.
8. The memes were inevitable
And, of course, the memes also came flooding in relentlessly.
It didn't take long for the internet to get very weird, very quickly.
X Æ A-12 rediscovering space in adulthood pic.twitter.com/mhhhqziyCt— Chubbyemu (@chubbyemu) May 5, 2020
We all know that, as the meme-loving Elon Musk is involved, this will go on for days.
My first meme from r/elonmusk
We have to admit that the user name, WiFi password and "strong password" memes really made us chuckle.
xXÆ-A-12-420Xx from r/elonmusk
9. Many people are pretty convinced "X Æ A-12" will grow up to be some kind of demon cyborg cat...
Did we say the memes got weird?
X Æ A-12 when the kids in school pick on him: pic.twitter.com/EUt6Bvn8Yz— ali ✨ (@hisnameisali) May 5, 2020
Here's another example.
10. ...or that he'll betray his father's true identity as an extraterrestrial
Elon Musk seems to have a superhuman ability to juggle CEO and founder responsibilities for several companies, including SpaceX, Neuralink, Tesla, and The Boring Company.
Grimes and Elon Musk: take out the trash please son— Dean (@DeanCoxj) May 5, 2020
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/sqbj0aqIc1
That's why many have questioned whether he may, in fact, be an alien.
11. People have already started with conspiracy theories
There had to be a conspiracy theory somewhere online. Some posters played into the dubious alien "theory" by suggesting the two photos of "X Æ A-12 Musk" were each of a different baby.
Anyone notice that the two pictures of the baby have two different types of noses and two different types of lips? Are they even the same baby? from r/elonmusk
Though the baby picture on the left does have puffier lips, this is very very likely because of the photo filter that's also giving the baby face tattoos.
12. One person suggested there's been a HUGE mix-up
Only a few days ago, Elon Musk controversially voiced his anti-coronavirus lockdown sentiment by tweeting "FREE AMERICA NOW".
Maybe the "X Æ A-12" name really is just a ruse and this very farfetched theory is totally true — it's not like we can rule anything out at this stage.
13. Some seemed oddly grateful
Could Elon Musk and Grimes have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for baby names in the same way Tesla's Cybertruck opened a whole new dimension for angular designs?
It might sound weird to compare a human being to a piece of engineering — the Cybertruck — but it turns out that, in the world of Musk and Grimes, that might just be a huge compliment — see section 17.
14. "Thanks Dad"
And the memes just keep on coming.
Thanks Dad from r/elonmusk
Some have suggested that Elon Musk's forays with the "420" cannabis culture might be slightly responsible for the naming of the child.
15. That's one futuristic looking baby
Anyone who's played Hideo Kojima's sci-fi Amazon package delivery simulator, Death Stranding, knows what a futuristic sci-fi baby looks like.
The first photo of X Æ A-12 Musk has been released pic.twitter.com/kjLWdgxplZ— Jules (@Julian_Epp) May 5, 2020
Considering Grimes' cyborg anime sensibilities, and Elon Musk futuristic technology companies, tweeter @Julian_Epp might be right on the money.
16. He's really just way behind the times
As online commenter @behindyourback put it, iconic musician Prince changed his name to a symbol all the way back in 1993.
people refer to elon musk as an innovator but the dude just named his baby X Æ A-12 musk when Prince changed his name to a symbol in 1993— maura quint (@behindyourback) May 5, 2020
Could Elon Musk, despite all his aspirations as a technological innovator, have been inspired by "The Purple One"? He was, after all, another being who was probably not of this Earth.
17. Finally an update: Grimes reveals the true meaning of "X Æ A-12"
After allowing a few good hours of the internet being broken by the news of their baby's name, Grimes fully unveiled the meaning behind it on Twitter last night:
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
•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)
Elon Musk, in the meantime, did chime in with a small correction:
SR-71, but yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2020
The real unknown variable? How many times a day the child will have to explain to people how to pronounce his name — "Just call me A." Poor kid.
In all seriousness though, congratulations to Elon Musk and Claire Boucher (Grimes). May the memes continue, and may "X Æ A-12" live a long and happy life!