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The unusual link between Elon Musk, a Reading museum and an absolute unit; How Elon Musk got involved with Reading's MERL.

Byline: Lucy Thorne

Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has caused the Twittersphere to go into meltdown after championing a Reading museum's sheep.

The Tesla chief executive shared The Museum of English Rural Life's (MERL) absolute unit on Twitter on Wednesday, April 17.

He later changed his profile picture to the stocky ram prompting MERL to join the fun and change its profile image to Elon Musk.

Musk's tweet, which was in response to the MIT Technology Review's tweet about the world's biggest plane taking off, has currently had 4,775 retweets and 46,250 likes.

Elon Musk tweet

MERL, which has become famous for its witty Twitter account following theviral sensation of the absolute unit, was quick to respond to Musk's Tweet.

The museum, run by University of Reading, in Redlands Road has even had merchandising made up after its photo of the huge ram went viral last April.

The museum which is free to visit, andfeatures in our 30 fun things to do in Reading, Berkshire, is open during the Easter holidays including Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Saturday, April 20. Please note it will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.

For more detailsvisit MERL's website.

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Elon Musk has changed his Twitter profile to MERL's absolute unit

MERL changed its profile picture on Twitter to Elon Musk

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Publication:Get Reading (Reading, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2019
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