5 surprising things Elon Musk has said


Elon Musk has given the world rockets and electric cars, solar panels and electronic payments, but perhaps more than anything he has given us plenty of reasons to go, 'Huh?'

Below, in no particular order, are the five most unexpected things Musk has said in recent memory.

It's the type of straight talk you might not expect from a CEO - and Musk is the CEO of two companies, Tesla Motors Inc. and privately held Space X. He's also the chairman and top shareholder of SolarCity Corp. and a co-founder of Paypal Inc., which eBay Inc. snapped up for $1.5 billion more than a decade ago.

'Our shares are kind of high.'

This is Musk, the straight shooter, at his best.

People sometimes get 'carried away' with Tesla stock, Musk told CNBC in an interview on the day Tesla announced it had selected Nevada as the home for the electric-car maker's 'gigafactory.'

'I think our stock price is kind of high right now,' he said. Perhaps this was a lesser concern, he continued, for investors in the stock for the long run, but the short term is less clear.

Tesla shares hit a record closing high of $286.04 that day, but fell 3% the following session after the 'kinda high' comment, their biggest stumble in two months.

'[Screw] Earth.'

In the interest of accuracy, we should note that Musk actually dropped the F bomb, and that the remark was delivered amid laughter.

Musk told Aeon magazine that we must colonize Mars, a la the movie 'Interstellar,' should something catastrophic happen to Earth - which he, in fact, cares a great deal about. There's a 'strong humanitarian argument for making life interplanetary,' he said.

The 'about' page for Space X indicates that the company's 'ultimate goal' is to enable people to live on other planets. Musk has said he wants to die on Mars.


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