‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Mixes 1989 Smash Hit with Meme in Hilarious Tweet

by Chris Haney

On Friday night, legendary Jeopardy! contestant turned temporary host Ken Jennings blessed his Twitter followers with another hilarious dad joke.

Jennings has been at the helm of the popular game show now since Nov. 8. In fact, he’s manned the Jeopardy! podium throughout champion Amy Schneider’s current win streak. She’s already won 12 games in a row and earned almost $500,000 for her efforts. Further, she’s already qualified for this season’s “Tournament of Champions” because of her winning streak.

With plenty of excitement on the game show these days, Jennings is also continuing his long-standing tradition of joking around on Twitter. The game show host is well-known for posting dad jokes that are often amusing, but frequently cheesy at the same time. Yesterday, he was back at it with a mashup joke that referenced a hit song from 1989 and a popular meme shared online.

“Been around the world, and I-yi-yi-yi-I can’t emphasize this enough. I can’t find my baby,” the Jeopardy! icon tweeted.

One look at the comment section shows that many of his fans and followers had no idea what Jennings was talking about. But we’ve got you covered, so bear with us… and Jennings.

‘Jeopardy!’ Icon and Dad Joke King Is Back at It Again

In 1989, British singer Lisa Stansfield released “All Around the World.” It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year, and has been covered, remixed, and sampled by multiple artists since. In 1992, Stansfield re-recorded her song with soul legend Barry White, which gave added life to the already popular song.

The single was also referenced in rapper Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ 1997 hit “Been Around the World,” featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase. The hit song sampled David Bowie‘s 1983 single “Let’s Dance,” but contains an interpolation of Stansfield’s song as well. Stansfield’s hit single has come back around numerous times, but it’s been more than 20 years since it’s been in the mainstream. So it’s no surprise some fans didn’t remember the lyrics when the Jeopardy! host tweeted them.

The opening lyrics of the hit single are, “Been around the world and I, I, I, I can’t find my baby.” Additionally, “and I can’t stress this enough” is a popular phrase people use in memes online. If you combine the two, you get Ken Jennings’ amusingly bad tweet.

It’s the epitome of a dad joke considering not many of his fans remembered the song’s lyrics. Plus he didn’t quite get the meme right since he wrote the word “emphasize” instead of “stress.” We have everything needed for a solid dad joke here. He swung for the fences attempting the mashup joke, but fell flat with its outdated reference and poor execution. God bless the Jeopardy! GOAT. His tweets are the gift that keeps on giving.