Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms… It seems like we only ever refer to the classical composers by one name. Of course, people know full names like Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But what about the still famous yet slightly more obscure ones? Ones like Franz Hamburger Buns, for example. Well, “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings hasn’t forgotten him.
In fact, Jennings cited him as his favorite classical composer when he came across the name on a recent grocery store outing. In a recent tweet, the “Jeopardy!” icon posted a hilarious picture likening a pack of humble bread rolls to a famed musician.
Now, as cool as the name is and as real it actually sounds, Franz Hamburger Buns was not a classical composer. At least, as far as we know. Jennings was having fun with what could pass for an obscure European name. After all, there is plenty of precedent for “Franz” in classical composition.
Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt are both huge names in classical music. And both of them lived around the same time between the 18th and 19th centuries. History lesson aside, Franz Hamburger Buns is a cooler-sounding name than most classical composers could hope to have (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a clear exception). Then again, it’s a subjective field, from their names to the music itself.
The bigger point is that former “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings rarely ever misses when it comes to hilarious Twitter observations.
The ‘Jeopardy!’ Star’s Followers Name Their Own Favorite Classical Composers
Of all the tweets in all the corners of the internet in all the world, this one was bound to elicit some fun responses. Who could resist making clever bun-themed puns and jokes?
“I saw him open for Camper Van Beethoven once,” one follower wrote, replacing “Ludwig” with “Camper,” playing off of the outdoor/grilling theme.
“Don’t forget his son, the flautist, Franz Frankfürter Buns,” another added, because what are hamburger buns without some hot dog buns to go with them.
“They help you get a handel on your bachwurst,” one clever response read. And this one takes the clever cake without a doubt. It gives a double meaning to classical composer George Frideric Handel’s name and finds a way to incorporate Johann Sebastian Bach as a sausage.
Ken Jennings and His Twitter Dominance
Over the past few years, the “Jeopardy” icon’s Twitter account has become one of the best follows on the site. His mix of witty observations and goofy humor makes for innocent but entertaining content. And the numbers back that up.
At present, Ken Jennings has nearly half a million followers on Twitter. Every day there is something new from him, whether it’s “Jeopardy!” related or just a silly joke about his non-existent book club.