Business Insider shares this peculiar Twitter vignette that unraveled not too long ago:
A user named Tobi Li replied to Elon Musk with a screenshot from a book, originally published in 1953, that appeared to evoke the name “Elon” in relation to Mars.
Speaking about destiny, did you know that Von Braun's 1953 book "Mars Project," referenced a person named Elon that would bring humans to Mars? Pretty nuts pic.twitter.com/m28yFU4Ip6
— Toby Li (@tobyliiiiiiiiii) December 30, 2020
“Are you sure this is real?” Musk replied.
The nonfiction book, titled “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” was written by German aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun, and was very much a real thing. As BI went on to reveal, the translated passage contained some narrative musings on a potential future Martian government, which would be led by an elected leader. That position of leadership would be called “Elon.”
A strange coincidence. Or, perhaps, a slight bit of premonition. For a while after, Elon Musk changed his Twitter profile to read, “Technoking of Tesla, Imperator of Mars.”
Who knows? Maybe it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If Elon Musk does play a hand in getting humans to Mars, maybe a future colony would elect to call their leaders “Elon.”