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X Æ A-12: What does Elon Musk and Grimes' baby name mean for us?

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Elon Musk with his newborn baby X Æ A-12

Elon Musk with his newborn baby X Æ A-12

Grimes and Elon Musk at the Met Gala (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Grimes and Elon Musk at the Met Gala (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

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Elon Musk with his newborn baby X Æ A-12

When a billionaire space entrepreneur and a shape-shifting synth-pop auteur have a baby boy, you can be pretty sure they're not going to call him Noel.

Tesla founder Elon Musk and musician Grimes welcomed their first child earlier this week and there was widespread confusion when Musk told his 33.7 million Twitter followers they had named him X Æ A-12.

"Are we being trolled?" asked the sceptics. "How do you pronounce it?" asked the purists. Meanwhile, the cryptographic super-sleuths were on the case, trying to work out what exactly Grimes meant when she shared the meaning of the name. 'X' refers to "the unknown variable", in case you're interested.


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