Elon Musk wants to open a university in Texas. Could this be another joke?


As Elon Musk added an additional $ 10 billion to his personal fortune in a single day, thanks to soaring stock prices at his electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing company Tesla, he seems to have stepped back to examine the needs of the community as a whole. and reflected on the creation of a university in Texas.

Around midnight Texas time, Elon Musk tweeted this.

Musk fans lapped the idea with many like this Democratic nominee congratulating him on the effort.

For those who don’t know much about Musk, he has two bachelor’s degrees, one in physics and the other in economics, which he worked on when he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania before the turn of the millennium. Musk had also accepted an offer to do a doctorate. in Materials Science at Stanford University, but quit just after two days before joining the Internet boom. The rest, as they say, is history.

Given his background, it’s not hard to believe that Musk would be in favor of a good education, just like this unsuspecting Twitter user.

However, if you’ve been following Musk, you know there’s always more than meets the eye. Last year, Musk said college was for fun, not learning. Speaking at a conference, Musk had pointed out that he only viewed worth in college as a way to prove discipline, by completing “boring homework” before entering the workforce, The Guardian had then reported. Musk cited the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and even William Shakespeare to argue that “smart guys” don’t go to college.

Did the pandemic change Musk’s mind?

Is he taking the path of philanthropy?

Does he want “preserve the light of consciousness“?

The answer to all of these questions is the same: unlikely.

Over the past few days, Musk has taken to Twitter to share puns like this,

The tweet above is also probably a pun on the acronym that the supposed university would have. Another giveaway is the other tweets that were added later to the thread.

If Musk were to found a university, he would certainly like to put Tesla in his name rather than Texas, even if it was his new home. The change from “Science” and “Technology” just to make the acronym is probably the biggest signal that this is all a joke.

As this Twitter user said,

Probably knowing what Musk does to relax at the end of the day could give us clues as to why his late-night posts suck.

Maybe he’s sitting with a good ol ‘calculator typing 80085 and laughing to himself.


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