Of Course Elon Musk Is Poaching Onion Staffers. On Twitter, He’s the Onion’s Biggest Fan.

Of Course Elon Musk Is Poaching Onion Staffers. On Twitter, He’s the Onion’s Biggest Fan.

When the Daily Beast reported this afternoon that Elon Musk has been quietly poaching Onion staffers for a secret project, the news was met with a collective “huh?” But to everyone who remembered that Musk has long harbored an obsession with the satirical publication, it made at least a semblance of sense. Along with his interest in rocket ships and electric cars, Musk has been a passionate Onion fan for years. The publication made a cameo in Rolling Stone’s profile of him last year, as the Daily Beast article notes: “Musk has also had personal relationships with Onion staffers for years, sharing favorite stories on social media, emailing writers and editors about jokes he enjoys, and occasionally invoking the publication to troll critics.” Plus, a significant portion of Musk’s Twitter activity is devoted to faving the Onion’s tweets. That is one in eight faves! That’s devotion. Musk’s other Twitter favorites include his own tweets, which he has faved 12 times. Musk’s greatest ardor is reserved for the Onion and the Onion alone. He is not a ClickHole man. Nor does he care much for the A.V. Club.

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When the Daily Beast reported this afternoon that Elon Musk has been quietly poaching Onion staffers for a secret project, the news was met with a collective “huh?” But to everyone who remembered that Musk has long harbored an obsession with the satirical publication, it made at least a semblance of sense.

Along with his interest in rocket ships and electric cars, Musk has been a passionate Onion fan for years. The publication made a cameo in Rolling Stone’s profile of him last year, as the Daily Beast article notes: “Musk has also had personal relationships with Onion staffers for years, sharing favorite stories on social media, emailing writers and editors about jokes he enjoys, and occasionally invoking the publication to troll critics.”

Plus, a significant portion of Musk’s Twitter activity is devoted to faving the Onion’s tweets. A Slate analysis found that of Musk’s…

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