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Elon Musk tries off-hand humour again, compares Queen Elizabeth II to Teletubbies

File photo of Elon Musk. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 04, 2019, 09.28 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Sunday sparked a controversy after he likened Queen Elizabeth II to the characters from famous British kids television programme 'Teletubbies'. 

In a tweet, Musk posted an image featuring the Teletubbies characters followed by another image wherein the Queen, clad in clothes similar to the colours of Teletubbies characters, was juxtaposed in the 'Teletubbyland'. 

Teletubbies, a British pre-school children's television series, is still being watched in many countries across the world. The original series aired between the year 1997-2001 and was revived in the year 2015. 

Musk's tweet was met with varying responses by the Twitterati. While some asked him if it was finally the time for him to stop posting such posts, others cracked-up on his sense of humour and urged him to keep entertaining. 

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The past week, Musk made headlines as SpaceX was reported to have been expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the space company's forthcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, news agency Reuters reported on Friday.

Starship, a 384-foot (117-meter) reusable two-stage rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty, is a central piece of Musk's interplanetary space travel ambitions as well as US space agency NASA's goal to send humans to the moon again by 2024.

The Starship rocket is expected to launch up to 24 times a year from SpaceX's current flagship launchpad 39A, the draft of the company's environmental assessment said. SpaceX did not specify in the report when it would reach that cadence, but Musk said in September 2018 he wanted to be conducting orbital flights with Starship in two to three years.

Last month, it was reported that Musk is aiming to connect the human brain with a machine interface. And through his start-up Neuralink, Musk aims to accomplish this "before the end of next year".

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco last month, Musk presented "version one" of his neuron-sized threads and microprocessor chips that he claims will help people with severe brain injuries and eventually grow to allow humans to connect with advancing artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

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In a tweet, Musk posted an image featuring the Teletubbies characters followed by another image wherein the Queen, clad in clothes similar to the colours of Teletubbies characters, was juxtaposed in the 'Teletubbyland'.