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10 unknown facts about Elon Musk


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10 unknown facts about the entrepreneur Elon Musk. If you want to learn more about these facts and find more facts then you should read my Elon Musk biography book "The Engineer - Follow Elon Musk on a journey from South Africa to Mars." Available here:

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10 unknown facts about Elon Musk

  1. 1. 10 unknown facts about Elon Musk
  2. 2. 1 The surname Musk originates from the French surname le Mechin that was introduced to England after the battle of Hastings in 1066
  3. 3. 2 Elon Musk's grandfather wanted to find the Lost City of the Kalahari Desert He and his family made several expeditions through and above the desert
  4. 4. 3 When Elon Musk was young he liked to experiment Once, he tried to hypnotize his siblings But he wasn't successful... “No, Elon, I'm not going to eat raw bacon.”
  5. 5. 4 When Elon Musk decided to move from South Africa to Canada... ...he financed the plane ticket by selling shares in a Pharmaceutical company He had earlier tripled his money before he got bored and sold
  6. 6. 5 Elon Musk chose between two universities “I was going to do physics and engineering at Waterloo, but then I visited the campus, but there didn't seem to be any girls there.” “So, I visited Queen's, and there were girls there. I didn't want to spend my undergraduate time with a bunch of dudes.”
  7. 7. 6 Elon Musk's favorite spaceship of all times is Heart of Gold from: Heart of Gold has an engine that's faster than the speed of light
  8. 8. 7 Elon Musk is a fan of Wikipedia “It's really incredible what you can learn.” “It's like 90 percent accurate.” “It's just not clear what 90 percent.”
  9. 9. 8 When Elon Musk founded Zip2 they had so little money that their mother had to pay for colored copies of their business presentation
  10. 10. 9 Elon Musk has owned a black Aero L-39 Albatros “It was just like in Top Gun.” “We came up to a mountain, did a vertical climb up the side of it, inverted.” “Turned upside down.” “Yeah, that was fun.”
  11. 11. 10 Before Elon Musk founded SpaceX he had plans to recruit mice-astronauts “Do you think people would think I'm crazy if I sent mice to Mars?”
  12. 12. Find more in the world's first Elon Musk biography