Elon Musk has had a big week. He’s launched the world’s most powerful rocket into space, given investors an update on his electric car company, and charted a course for the future of autonomous vehicles. It’s safe to say the Tesla and SpaceXCEO has been feeling the pressure, and so he’s been letting his weirder side shine through in interviews.
The tech entrepreneur has a habit of referencing pop culture and throwing jokes into his products and on his Twitter feed. He built The Boring Company’s funding model around a scene from ‘80s sci-fi comedy Spaceballs — “merchandising!” — and named his Mars-bound space rocket the “BFR,” which contains the words “big” and “rocket.” Even Tesla’s lineup of cars include the Models S, 3 and X, with the Y coming soon.
But in a week that’s seen the Falcon Heavy rocket lift off and Tesla deliver its fourth quarter 2017 earnings, Musk has seen greater media scrutiny than usual. Here’s seven of his best quotes:
7. After that it’s just going to be out there in space for maybe millions or billions of years. Maybe discovered by some future alien race thinking what the heck, what were these guys doing? Did they worship this car? Why do they have a little car in the car? And that’ll really confuse them.
After launching his red Tesla Roadster into space, Musk told reporters at theSpaceX press conference that he expected some alien visitors may have been confused by the whole endeavor.
It gets weirder: the driver seat contains a dummy wearing a spacesuit, nicknamed “Starman.” The in-car sound system is paying David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on loop. A “Don’t Panic” sign on the dashboard references Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, but it’s incredibly unlikely that aliens will understand how any of these things fit together.
6. It’s still trippin’ me out. I’m mean I’m trippin’ balls here.
We know from the fact that Musk went on to actually finish his SpaceX post-launch press conference that he was probably not, in fact, tripping balls.