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Elon Musk Fires Back At 'Jeopardy!' Champion Ken Jennings For Joking That He Should Be Arrested

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As the country looks to reopen in the following weeks, we have a lot of questions.

As usual, Elon Musk thinks he has the answers.


Musk previously claimed he alone could save a group of trapped boys in a Thailand cave and solve the water crisis in Flint, Michigan within hours or days. Ultimately, Musk contributed nothing tangible or helpful to either effort.

As for the current pandemic and reopening, people wonder if it's too soon. How do we do this safely? Is it even possible to do this safely at all?

Probably the last question any of us thought to ask was what would a rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings look like. But that's the one we got answered.

It all started when Musk announced his Tesla factory would be reopening.

The Tesla factory in Alameda County had received approval from California Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen. However, county officials overturned that decision, due to safety concerns.

Musk, ever ready to run his mouth against all caution, did precisely that in the tweet above.

While many criticized or defended the stance across the internet, famous Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings couldn't help himself and made a joke at Musk's expense.

He had us fooled in the first half, not gonna lie.

Musk was quick to respond.

If there's one thing two famous nerd figures bring out, it's a nerd fight in the comments. And that's exactly what we had here.

The Twitter responses had people for Musk, for Jennings and those who are just over Musk and his empty promises.




Musk is no stranger to a tweeting controversy. For a long time, he was in hot water over announcing plans to maybe take Tesla private, with the funding for that already secured.

However, the ensuing SEC investigation led to Musk forced out as the chairman of Tesla, millions of dollars in fines and in-house counsel to review Musk's tweets. You'd think that last one would have a bigger effect on his Twitter behavior.

Despite this, Musk still tweets out nonsense that brings the internet together in dunking on the billionaire.



Musk has recently worked out an agreement with the Alameda County regarding the reopening of the Tesla factory. The County released a statement advising that if Tesla adds some safety recommendations to its plans, it could get permission to open next week.

No one has been arrested and local law enforcement said there were no plans to arrest anyone or issue citations.

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days is available here.

The Jeopardy! champion has a number of books for children and adults available here.