Elon Musk settles freakish fight over a farting unicorn

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 23, 2018

Elon Musk has not announced plans to leave Tesla to start a digital currency company despite a false report circulating online. Musk tweeted in February 2017 that it was "maybe my favourite mug ever".

Problem is, the farting unicorn was the creation of a Colorado-based potter named Tom Edwards, and Musk never asked his permission to use the image.

Months later, it was brought to Edwards' attention that the image was popping up inside the operating system of Tesla vehicles and on a company Christmas card.

Munster doesn't own Tesla stock, but he wrote an open letter to Musk on behalf of investors, asking the CEO to apologize. A spokesperson for Musk said in an emailed statement that he is "committed to backing the Sierra Club in its fight for clean energy and recently asked them to make his support public to reaffirm the sincerity of his commitment".

But Edwards' daughter, Robin Edwards, called out the Tesla boss on Twitter. He added: "We're not sitting here with dollar signs in our eyes, we're really doing this because it's what right".

Writing on his blog, he said on Friday: "I am happy to report that we have reached an agreement with Tesla that resolves our issues in a way that everyone feels good about". Edwards said he sold about 50 mugs with the exposure.

"It's clear there were some misunderstandings that led to this escalating, but I'm just glad that everything has been cleared up", wrote the 61-year-old, a self-described "ceramics geek" who began working in pottery in the late 1970s after dropping out of graduate school.

He apologised to British cave diver Vernon Unsworth for calling him "pedo guy" on Twitter, but a day earlier he was under fire for donating $38,900 (£29,900) to a Republican fundraising committee.

One of his followers observed wryly: "Dude you need to refocus and get on track!"

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