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Elon Musk Goes on Twitter Rant to Defend the Mini-Submarine He Built for Thai Soccer Team Rescue

"Although we can't reach the boy, we can freeze him with liquid nitrogen so that future generations can rescue him."

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Elon Musk, the C minus Tony Stark we never wanted but have somehow been saddled with, is at it again. Fresh off of launching a sports car into space and inventing public transportation that already exists, Musk tried his hand at saving the Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave. The news story captured the world’s interest, as search and rescue experts from all across the globe rushed to the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai to lend their expertise.

As the search went on, Musk developed a “kid-sized” submarine and ran it through several testing phases, despite the Thai government telling him that it would be ineffective. Narongsak Osotthanakorn, the Thai Navy SEAL and head of the rescue mission, told BBC News, “the equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission. Even though their equipment is technologically sophisticated, it doesn’t fit with our mission to go in the cave.” Musk responded with this:

Dude. DUDE. This isn’t about you or your tiny submarine. It’s about rescuing CHILDREN TRAPPED IN A CAVE. Musk continued by tweeting about the harsh judgments people make about him since he became a billionaire (SO relatable). Maybe he can dry his eyes on all those dollar bills.

Meanwhile, people have taken to Twitter to mock Musk and his mini-sub:

In the meantime, all 12 boys and their coach were successfully rescued from the caves and are now receiving medical care. Congratulations to the courageous rescue team and everyone involved. Better luck next time, Elon. At least you tried?

(via BBC, image: PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.