Once a nerd, always a nerd. Even if you end up changing the world and becoming a billionaire in the process.
Looking over every name Musk has given his machines, some patterns emerge. An avid sci-fi reader, he’s also partial to the more literary references, with even a bit of ornithology thrown in. Musk isn’t above using a name as a subtle rebuke to his doubters — or a wry acknowledgment that his tunnel-boring machine moves at a snail’s pace — but mostly, the names he picks evoke humanity at its most creative. They serve as a guide to the books, movies, and people who have inspired him.
The internet is obsessed with Easter eggs, and entertainment companies like Marvel love filling their movies and TV shows with deep-cut, semi-hidden references only the most dedicated fans would recognize.
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