Elon Musk becomes ‘absolute unit’ in picture swap with English museum
The Museum of English Rural Life wants to know what’s going on.
Elon Musk and the Museum of English Rural Life have performed an unlikely image swap.
Tech maverick Musk changed his Twitter avatar on Wednesday to an image of a particularly large ram.
Keen followers on digital culture may recognise it as the “absolute unit” made famous by the Museum of English Rural Life, from whose collection it comes, in a tweet last year.
The tweet went viral last April, gaining more than 100,000 likes and catapulting the previously little-known museum to substantial online fame.
Tesla owner Musk appropriated the image to respond to a post from the MIT Technology Review about the world’s biggest plane and seemed so taken with it he decided to replace his own image with it.
I’m an absolute unit too pic.twitter.com/Rf0BTJmeEN— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2019
That quickly caught the attention of the museum in question.
The museum, part of the University of Reading, decided to respond in the most appropriate way they could think of – by replacing their image with one of Musk.
Two can play at this game pic.twitter.com/pNbcOkXTZ7— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019
And one of the more unlikely Twitter exchanges came to an end with the museum thinking up a suitably Musk-esque invention to suit their new profile picture.
We've invented electric sheep and they're called Teslewe and they cost 12000 of your English pounds— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019