Dr. Patel, CFA goes to space (kind of)

A round-up of the best Bezos, Blue Origin, Musk and Branson memes.


July 23, 2021

This is a guest post from one of Twitter’s most popular finance parody accounts: @ParikPatelCFA (you can read more of his work at Bullish Studios)

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Hey everyone, I’m Dr. Parik Patel, BA, CFA, ACCA, Esq.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Chartered Fin-meme Analyst (CFA) and Twitter’s most qualified fintwit account.

Anyways, I’ve been told that I have a particular insight into the world of finance, memes and everything in between.

So the team at The Hustle asked me to round up my favorite tweets. And since space has been top of people’s minds…we’re going all in on space tweets today.

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A rundown of Space Race 2021

Let’s not bury the lede here: big story of the week was former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos riding a very phallic-looking rocket into space.

He was joined by his brother Mark (a PE dude, who must get insane “brother of Jeff Bezos” deal flow) and 2 other passengers:  the youngest (Oliver Daemen, 18) and oldest (Wally Funk, 82) space travelers in history.

Here is the team:

(Shout out to @FinTwit_News for photoshopping my head into the photo as seen at top of article)

Before we get to the memes, let me run down some interesting 2021 Space Race dates:

April 26th, 2021: A New York Times article says that Blue Origin — the space company Bezos founded in 2000 — is challenging NASA over a Mars Moon lander contract that was awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Musk proceeds to taunt Bezos by tweeting “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol”…

…followed by a photoshopped image of the Blue Origin Moon Lander with the word “Origin” replaced by the word “Balls”.

Yes, you read that right: “Blue Balls”. This is the world’s 3rd richest person ($160B) literally screenshotting an article and using the iPhones “markup” an image to troll Bezos with “Blue Balls”.

June 7th, 2021: Bezos — probably fuming for weeks over Musk’s jab — announces on Instagram he’ll be going to space on a Blue Origin rocket on July 20 (he officially stepped down as Amazon CEO on July 5).

July 11th, 2021: Much poorer billionaire Richard Brandon front-runs Bezos by going to space on a Virgin Galactic craft. In a fairly petty move, Blue Origin tweets this message on July 9 basically saying that Virgin’s flight really isn’t going to “space”.

Meanwhile, on the morning of the Virgin Galactic launch, Musk drops by Branson’s house to wish him luck:

July 20th, 2021: On the day of Blue Origin’s launch, Musk and Virgin briefly quashed the Space Race beef and wished Bezos the best for luck (that was nice to see). The Blue Origin space flight was successful.

Space Race Meme Dump

With that out of the way, let’s get into the best Space Race memes:

https://twitter.com/wallstmemes/status/1417588023273869312?s=21
https://twitter.com/turnernovak/status/1417605304846585861?s=21
https://twitter.com/noahpinion/status/1417538710791352321?s=21
https://twitter.com/trungtphan/status/1417547461967564801?s=21
https://twitter.com/zebulgar/status/1417254217979371520?s=21
https://twitter.com/enronchairman/status/1415348964728135685?s=21

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BONUS: Def check out Trung’s thread on Blue Origin vs. SpaceX…which Elon himself opined on LOL:

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