Economics/Class Relations

What’s on Musk’s ‘bedside table’

Nicholas Carlson, November 29, 2022


Hello, Insiders. Can we talk about Elon Musk’s nightstand? He posted a bizarre photo of what he said was his “bedside table” yesterday. It featured what appeared to be two replica guns, four caffeine-free Diet Coke cans, and a picture of George Washington. See for yourself here.


When I saw this, the first thing I thought was: Someone get this poor man a La Croix! If you’re looking for a sugar-free, caffeine-free fizzy drink … isn’t seltzer the ticket? As for the guns, both seem to be fake: One might be a replica of a revolver from a video game, while the other may be a replica of Washington’s pistol. But he’s now calling himself “Elon Musket,” so there’s that.


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