Elon Musk likes going off-script with his tweets. From birth rates to the war in Ukraine, here are 20 of his most unusual posts from the second half of 2022.

Elon Musk attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.
Elon Musk has never been afraid to speak his mind.Theo Wargo/WireImage
  • 2022 was a very notable year for Elon Musk.
  • He became Twitter’s new owner but also lost the title of “world’s richest man.”
  • Insider looks back at some of his most eyebrow-raising comments from the second half of the year.

Elon Musk had an eventful year in 2022, which he entered as the world’s richest man. But by the end of the year, he had not only lost billions, but also the confidence of many people who invested in his companies.

The billionaire’s acquisition of Twitter on October 27 left Tesla investors particularly weary. Some feared he was neglecting the EV company in favor of fixing the social-media platform.

Analysts have also noted that Twitter is distracting Musk from Tesla and say his politicized tweets have damaged the EV maker’s brand.

The billionaire, who is the first person to suffer from a $200 billion loss, never shied away from controversies and likes to tweet his opinions on most topics.

Let’s a look at 20 of the most interesting things Musk said between June and December.

1. Life on Mars

Elon Musk
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“Humanity will reach Mars in your lifetime,” wrote Musk on July 6.

The billionaire has been adamant that he wants to populate the red planet and that his rocket-building company, SpaceX, is a first step toward achieving that goal.

In 2020, Musk said he hoped to build 1,000 Starships over 10 years.

The billionaire’s goal at the time was to launch an average of three Starships per day and make the trip to Mars available to anyone. “Needs to be such that anyone can go if they want, with loans available for those who don’t have money,” Musk wrote.

2. Not enough babies on Earth

Elon Musk and son X Æ A-12 on stage TIME Person of the Year on December 13, 2021 in New York City.
Elon Musk and son X Æ A-12 in New York.Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Musk signaled his intention to help tackle “the underpopulation crisis.” But he also jokingly used his Mars exploration plans to justify the number of kids he has.

Musk currently has nine known children and often shares his concerns about potential underpopulation in the future. He once told The Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO council that rapidly declining birth rates are “one of the biggest risks to civilization.”

According to the billionaire, “a collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far,” that’s why he is “doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis.”

In late August, Musk said that low birth rates “is a much bigger risk to civilization than global warming.”

3. Sleep expert

The tech mogul loves all things related to electric vehicles, rocket building, neuroscience, and of course, free speech. But he also takes a keen interest in sleep management.

After Musk offered his followers some advice, YouTuber Mr. Beast tweeted: “Anyone want to explain why these two things help me.” To which Musk responded: “Good chance you’re experiencing at least mild acid reflux at night, affecting quality sleep without consciousness awareness.”

4. Buzz Lightyear, is that you?

Elon Musk looks at his phone with a display of a space capsule entering orbit behind him.
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It would appear Musk had new slogans for two of his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.

“Tesla is to protect life on Earth,” the billionaire said on July 15, while “SpaceX to extend life beyond.”

The latter sounded familiar and similar what Buzz Lightyear would say: “To Infinity and Beyond.”

5. Keeping his head down

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the Falcon Heavy rocket at the National Press Club in Washington,DC on April 5, 2011. Musk billed the Falcon Heavy the world's most powerful rocket, which will have its first demonstration flight at the end of 201
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The billionaire is happy to speak his mind on most topics, including the scrutiny he attracts. “The amount of attention on me has gone supernova, which super sucks,” he wrote.

“Unfortunately, even trivial articles about me generate a lot of clicks,” he added. “Will try my best to be heads down focused on doing useful things for civilization.”

Musk has never been a fan of the media. More recently, he slammed what he called “corporate journalism” and accused it of failing to side with “the people” over the Twitter Files.

Musk has been doubling down on his support for citizen journalism over large publications.

6. Facing up to his critics

Like many public figures, Musk has fans, critics, and haters.

But Musk doesn’t scare easily. Success attracts detractors, and Musk has been very successful in his career.

When he is criticized online, Musk isn’t afraid to fire back. As was the case with lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said she was having issues with her Twitter account after a spat with Musk.

The billionaire jokingly responded that it was due to “a naked abuse of power” by the platform’s new owner – himself.

7. Twizzler

A montage of Tesla and Twitter logos with Twizzler written in front of the logos.
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Being in the middle of a legal battle with Twitter after attempting to walk away from a $44 billion takeover deal didn’t stop him from making jokes about the situation.

Musk, who likes a “little nonsense,” said combining Tesla with Twitter would produce “Twizzler.”

8. Weighing in

Errol Musk
Errol MuskDenver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon

Musk said he used “flights as an opportunity to fast,” before saying on August 29 that he’s lost 20 pounds trying intermittent fasting. He also said he used a weight loss app called Zero and reacted to a user’s tweet asking if he lifts weights.

His father Errol criticized his weight and told him to take weight loss pills, Insider previously reported. 

9. Keeping the peace

The billionaire polled his Twitter followers by asking questions about the war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian diplomat blasted the billionaire over his peace plan, with Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, saying “Fuck off is my very diplomatic reply to you.”

Musk argued that “this is highly likely to be the outcome in the end – just a question of how many die before then.”

10. True intentions

Twitter Headquarters is seen in San Francisco, California
Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco, CaliforniaAnadolu Agency / Getty Images

A few weeks before Musk sealed the $44 billion deal to take over Twitter, he said that acquiring it would be the first step toward X, “the everything app.”

Musk has previously teased X.com as a possible Twitter competitor. In August, Musk responded to a question asking if he’d launch his own site instead of buying Twitter by tweeting “X.com.”

X.com was originally an online bank co-founded by Musk in 1999. The company later merged with another online payment system and became PayPal. In 2017, Musk bought the domain name and relaunched the site.

At the time, Musk claimed he had no plans for the site but the domain had “great sentimental value” for him. Currently, the website displays a small x if launched.

11. Heaven scent

A composite image of a bottle of "Burnt Hair" perfume and Elon Musk
Elon Musk is selling bottles of a perfume called “Burnt Hair” for $100 a bottle.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue; The Boring Company

As though Musk didn’t have enough distractions, he decided to launch his own perfume.

He then joked that he needed people to buy his perfume so he could close the Twitter deal. “Please buy my perfume, so I can buy Twitter,” before responding “srsly” to a user who shared a meme.

After reportedly selling 10,000 bottles, Musk said he couldn’t wait “for media stories tomorrow about $1M of Burnt Hair sold.”

12. Comedy club

Musk, while sometimes controversial, often favors a comedic approach and does not take things at face value – or so he wants us to believe.

He said “comedy is now legal” after becoming the new owner of Twitter.

13. Activist woes

Concerned about the rise in extremism and hate speech, the #StopToxicTwitter coalition, a growing coalition of advocacy groups and media watchdogs, urged major Twitter advertisers to pressure Musk to embrace content moderation or boycott the platform.

Musk blamed the activists for Twitter losing money. He said: “Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists.”

“Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America,” he added.

14. Free speech memes

Musk shared a meme on November 7 that contained a photo of a Nazi soldier. “How times have changed,” the billionaire wrote in his tweet.

The photo was photoshopped to include a small notification icon above a cage of messenger pigeons on the soldier’s back. Its caption read: “3 unread messages.”

“Back when birds were real,” Musk later wrote in a follow-up tweet, before adding additional commentary with a head-exploding emoji.

15. Mistakes will be made

Elon Musk looks down during a 2022 SpaceX speech
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Musk rarely admits being at fault but has admitted that some changes being made to Twitter would not be particularly sensible.

“Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months,” he wrote on November 9, after having implemented a few changes to the platform already. “We will keep what works & change what doesn’t.”

16. Back to a ‘little nonsense’

Musk took a liking to two men who fooled members of the press into thinking they were laid-off Twitter engineers.

Now, one of them works there, Insider’s Kali Hays reported in November. Daniel Francis is now listed internally as a member of Twitter staff and is available on internal Slack channels.

17. Trump card

Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
Donald Trump marked his return to Twitter with first post.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Musk polled Twitter users to ask whether he should reinstate former President Donald Trump on the social-media platform.

After 51.8% voted in favor of the former president’s return, Musk said: “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote, using a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

18. Bedside manner

Bedside tables usually have an alarm clock, maybe a lamp, and some tissues.

Yet, Musk’s one includes none of the above, according to a picture he shared on Twitter in November.

The picture featured two guns, four caffeine-free-Coke, and a picture of George Washington.

Later in December, he shared a new picture of his curious bedside table, this time showing off an edition of the US Constitution and other books related to America’s founding.

19. Twitter Files

Musk teased, and then released the Twitter Files, which focused on “free speech suppression” by the social-media platform before he acquired it.

He has since entrusted a few independent journalists to release parts of it each. Insider’s Kali Hays previously reported how journalists Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss – who’ve been working on the Twitter Files – were given access to Twitter’s internal systems despite having no official role at the company.

20. Best decision yet?

Musk, who has been under heavy scrutiny since acquiring Twitter, polled his user in December asking whether he should step down as CEO of Twitter.

57.5% of 17,502,391 respondents voted in favor of the billionaire stepping down.

“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!,” Musk wrote in a follow-up tweet. “After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.”

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