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Viral Photo Of Richard Branson And Elon Musk Gets Roasted For Kitchen's Bizarre Design Choices

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Eccentric billionaires Richard Branson and Elon Musk have a lot in common.

They both have more money than anyone should have and they both do deeply weird and unnecessary stuff with it, like shoot things into outer space on rockets that cost enough to solve world hunger.

So you'd expect guys of this caliber to have wildly fancy houses, right? Well in Branson's case you'd be wrong--at least according to a photo of him and Musk he posted to Twitter mere hours before his record-breaking spaceflight on his own Virgin Galactic spacecraft, Unity 22.

And as big a deal as space travel by a non-astronaut on a spacecraft that was not designed by NASA is, all anyone on the internet could see was that Branson weirdly has the same kitchen your mom had in 1992.

Now we say this with all the respect in the world, but what in God's name are those 1990s Sears Cabinet Refacing Services kitchen cupboards? Why those very 80s porcelain drawer pulls? What is that ceramic tile backsplash and why does it look like the walls of the shower you shared with your little brother back in Omaha?

Does Richard Branson--a billionaire! who went to space!--live in a McMansion from 1992? The model home from Arrested Development had more style than this. What on EARTH is going on in Richard Branson's house?!

On Twitter, this quandary quickly overshadowed Branson's space flight when Last Week Tonight writer Kelsea Bauman-Murphy reposted the photo and cut right to the chase.

Truly what IS the point? She's just asking the hard questions!

Bauman-Murphy's take on Branson's kitchen really struck a nerve, because it instantly went viral--and inspired a full-on roast-fest in the replies.








It turned out there was a very simple explanation for this weirdness. As Elon Musk tweeted in response, it's not actually Branson's house in the photo, but a rental he was staying in before the big space launch.

But that still left unanswered questions for many on Twitter.


Here's hoping there's better cabinets on Mars or wherever Branson is planning on building his inevitable space mansion.