Social media users were left scratching their heads when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes revealed the name of their baby 'X Æ A-12'.
Earlier on Monday, Elon announced the birth of their son on twitter saying "Mom & baby all good".
Elon said the child would be called X Æ A-12 Musk and his girlfriend later offered an explanation to her followers on social media, reports BBC.
Many on Twitter have been asking how the name ‘X Æ A-12’ will be pronounced.
What’s the meaning?
When Musk, known to joke on Twitter, announced the name, many people questioned whether he was being serious.
However, Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, explained the name's meaning to her fans.
Æ, a ligature of a and e known as ash, appeared in Latin and Old English but has mostly fallen out of use. However, in some languages such as Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic, Æ is classed as a letter.
The singer has used Æ before, naming a song on her latest album 4ÆM.
The A-12 is a Lockheed plane built for the CIA. It was known by designers during its development as Archangel.
She also claims Archangel is her favourite song but does not explain who the song is by.
Meanwhile, how the name is pronounced yet remains unclear.
However, when someone on Twitter asked Musk whether it could be X Ash Archangel, Musk liked the comment, giving the biggest clue as to how it might sound.
Question of legality
It's thought that Grimes may have given birth in California where certain names cannot be registered.
The rules there stipulate that no pictographs, ideograms and diacritical marks for example è, ñ, ē, ç can be used when registering the birth. Names have to consist of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
California isn't the only place in the world with regulations on baby names. In New Zealand, the name 4Real fell foul of authorities because names cannot start with a number.
A Swedish couple went to the high court in Sweden after tax officials deemed their child's name Metallica "inappropriate".
Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
However, in 2014, three babies in Scotland were named M, R and T. Other names people have chosen, according to the National Records of Scotland, include Daiquiri and Spartacus.
Unusual names aren't new. Census records during the 18th and 19th Centuries revealed people named King's Judgement, Noble Fall and Cholera Plague.
One of the most celebrated singers of Bangladesh, Asif Akbar, and famous singer and lyricist Lutfor Hasan are coming up with an Islamic song this Ramadan. Amzad Hossain arranged the music of this song. It will be released soon by the local production house Dhruba Music Station.
Asif reached the pinnacle of popularity back in 2001 with his debut album titled “O Priya Tumi Kothay”. After the immense success of this song, he never had to look back. Asif released 30 solo albums in his two-decades-long musical career. His latest solo album is titled ‘Jan Re’; It was released in 2014.
On the other hand, Lutfor Hasan gained popularity with his debut work “Ghuri Tumi Kar Akashe Oro”. The song 'Ghuri' from this album has skyrocketed in popularity among all classes of listeners of Bengali music. Lutfar has a total of seven solo albums. Apart from these, he sang more than six hundred songs.
“Dhruba Da (Dhruba Guha, owner of Dhruba Music Station) told me to arrange an Islamic song with Asif bhai. He asked me to write the song. Since I wrote a lot of Islamic songs at one time, I wrote it too after many years. It feels really good to do this one with Asif bhai,” Lutfor told UNB regarding the song.
American pop icon Madonna announced via social media on Friday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, hinting she has immunity against the disease. However, medical experts said the possession of antibodies is not equal to immunity.
Taking to Instagram, the 61-year-old singer, songwriter and actress shared a video on her latest Madame X-themed "Quarantine Diary," in which she said: "I took a test the other day. I found out I have the antibodies."
"So tomorrow I'm just going to go for a long drive in the car ... roll down the window and breathe in the COVID-19 air," she said.
But local media pointed out that the result of antibody tests only meant Madonna was infected by the virus, and current studies have not provided enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee that she would not be infected again.
The World Health Organization has warned that: "as of April 24, 2020, no study has evaluated whether the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) confers immunity to subsequent infection by this virus in humans."
The U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) also said that "we do not know yet if the antibodies that result from infection with SARS-CoV-2 can protect someone from reinfection with this virus or how long antibodies to the virus will protect someone."
"Until we know more, continue to take steps to protect yourself and others," the CDC added.
India’s movie industry lost two of its most versatile actors – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor – who passed away within a day of each other last week.
Though they came from two very different worlds and two very different schools of acting, both leave behind a treasure of cinematic work and millions of grieving fans.
This double whammy for India’s Hindi-language film industry, known as Bollywood, comes amid a crippling coronavirus lockdown that has brought the entertainment business — along with so much else — to a complete halt.
"It seems we are in the midst of a nightmare," popular actor Akshay Kumar tweeted.
In normal times, the funerals for two of Bollywood's most-admired actors would mean tens of thousands of fans gathering to bid them goodbye. Instead, their ceremonies were held in the presence of a handful of family and friends, surrounded by police.
The 54-year-old Khan died Wednesday after battling a rare cancer, while the 67-year-old Kapoor had leukemia and died Thursday.
The career trajectories of both actors reflect the changing contours of Bollywood, which in the past traversed two parallel streams of arthouse cinema and commercial films. The growing acceptance and box-office viability of content-driven films over the last two decades gave the two a chance to cross paths and act in movies that were both critically acclaimed and popular.
A trained stage actor, Khan started his career with television and found work in new-age Bollywood, which was experimenting with visceral themes reflecting India's social and political fault lines in the 1990s.
It took years of roles in small films before Khan made it to the Bollywood big leagues. Balancing arthouse movies with popular commercial fare, Khan went on to play a wide array of roles including an intensely tormented lover in "Maqbool," an adapation of "Macbeth," and a gentle immigrant in Mira Nair's "The Namesake."
Unlike other Bollywood superstars with mega-stylized personas, the versatile Khan brought a rare intelligence and empathy to his characters over his 30-year career.
"He managed to walk off the screen and come home with us," wrote film critic Shubhra Gupta in the Indian Express newspaper.
One of the best-known Indian faces in world cinema , Khan crossed over to Hollywood with ease, playing a variety of parts in movies like "Slumdog Millionaire," "Life of Pi" and "The Amazing Spider Man."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a tweet that Khan was an " incredible talent" and "left his imprint on global cinema."
"Gone too soon. When he is on screen, you can't take your eyes off of him. He lives on in his films," tweeted Hollywood filmmaker Ava Duvernay.
Kapoor's cinematic journey could not have been more different.
Kapoor was a third-generation actor, born with showbiz in his blood. His grandfather Prithiviraj Kapoor and father Raj Kapoor were legendary actors of their time.
Rishi Kapoor started young, receiving the National Award, India's preeminent film award, for his role as a child artist in his father's 1970 film "Mera Naam Joker."
"Acting was in my blood and there was simply no escaping it," Kapoor wrote in his 2017 autobiography.
The runaway success of the teenage romance "Bobby" in 1973 made him a Bollywood heartthrob and a string of romantic, musical blockbusters followed.
The charming lover boy of the 1970s and 1980s went on to become one of the most dependable actors of his time and appeared in some of Bollywood's most-loved films, including "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Chandni."
To be in sync with contemporary filmmakers moving away from melodrama and mining plot-driven stories, Kapoor refashioned his career in later years to play a variety of strong character roles. His portrayal of an old man in the 2016 movie "Kapoor & Sons" and as a Muslim man forced to prove his patriotism in "Mulk" in 2017 won him great acclaim. His most recent movie "The Body" was released last year.
"There may not be another actor who grew up and grew old on camera," tweeted film critic Uday Bhatia.
In his final years, Kapoor became a popular presence on social media, and was refreshingly honest about his opinions. In his last tweet on April 2, he appealed to people to respect the work frontline health workers were doing.
"We have to win this Coronavirus war together," Kapoor wrote.
Altogether Kapoor acted in more than 100 movies in a career spanning more than 40 years.
"He smiled on screen and the world outside became a little bit lighter," film critic Baradwaj Rangan wrote in a tribute. "He gave us joy."
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday morning at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 67. He had been battling leukaemia for two years.
Rishi, coming from a film dynasty, was known for acting prowess as well as his straightforwardness and Twitter spats.
He often shared old photos of himself and others on the microblogging platform.
Below are a few snaps of the actor’s life –
Rishi Kapoor was born on September 4, 1952. He was the son of the legendary Raj Kapoor.
One of his earliest photographs shows him with legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. He tweeted the photo in late January.
Rishi Kapoor shared a lifelong bond with Lata.
His throwbacks often featured other actors.
Blast from the past.
He debuted in Mera Naam Joker, a film directed by his father Raj Kapoor.
His first film as an adult came in Bobby in 1973
His love life was as dramatic as his career. Rishi Kapoor and co-star Neetu Singh fell in love with each other on the set of their films.
The couple tied the knot in 1980.
The couple has been blessed with two children – Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.
He took a short break from acting and returned with a bang in ‘Agneepath’ in 2012.
Rishi Kapoor last appeared in The Body
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