Ah, yes. Another day, another hilarious Ken Jennings tweet. But did he take it too far this time? The “Jeopardy!” icon is taking shots at an American icon.
An animated one, admittedly, but an icon nonetheless. Jennings’ tweet had some fun with the verbal confetti that constantly poured out of Looney Tunes legend Foghorn Leghorn’s mouth.
The rooster’s “I say, I say” is instantly recognizable to multiple generations. But have we really been paying much attention to what his phrases are even on about? By some standards, his sayings are complete nonsense. “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings made it a topic of discussion on Twitter. And whatever the subject, he always seems to find a fun spin with his observations.
If toe-counting contests exist out there, count us out. But fictional contests aside, one standard for a good saying is whether or not it conveys the meaning intended. And it’s easy to see what Foghorn meant with that one. Although, as Jennings’ pointed out, it raises more questions than anything else.
For reference, or just a refresher, the video below includes some of Foghorn Leghorn’s best moments.
‘Jeopardy!’ Icon Ken Jennings’ Twitter Followers Chime In
There is a lot to address in Ken Jennings’s tweet. And, as always, Twitter users wasted no time in dissecting the observation.
“completely unfazed by the freakishly large, talking rooster, I presume,” one wrote, pointing out that in this hypothetical, human Ken Jennings completely overlooked the entire talking rooster aspect of Foghorn Leghorn.
“The centipede wouldn’t be all that busy though, right?” Another added. And rightfully so, a centipede capable of counting would likely know that he was a centipede, and therefore that he has 100 “toes.”
“Listen here, I say, LISTEN HERE BOY. That dog’s about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal,” someone else replied, referencing one of Foghorn Leghorn’s more memorable quotes. This one is definitely in the spirit of the centipede at a toe-counting contest.
And who could forget some of the Looney Tune character’s other iconic quotes? The “Jeopardy!” legend had plenty to choose from.
“It’s sure, I say it’s sure quiet around here, you could hear a caterpillar sneakin’ across a moss bed in tennis shoes.”
And the most baffling of all, ““Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice.”
The History of Foghorn Leghorn
Foghorn Leghorn was first introduced in the mid-1940s and was voices by none other than Mel Blanc from 1946-1987. The iconic voice actor did the voices for over 400 Looney Tunes characters over the years, including Bugs Bunny.
Funnily enough, the rooster of Foghorn Leghorn was based on a Southern politician caricature character from “The Fred Allen Show.” Many of his mannerisms stemmed from this radio show source.