People have come to expect a few things from Ken Jennings’ Twitter feed. For the most part, it is full of humorous observations about the world and his life. He takes some time to shout out big Jeopardy! events from time to time. Now and then, he will even promote his various projects. However, you would hardly know that he is a prolific author, trivia genius, and podcast host by looking at his feed. In fact, he hardly mentions the fact that he’s a quiz show master. A brief scroll through his feed would make the uninitiated think he’s just Twitter’s funny nerdy guy.
However, Ken Jennings recently dropped a tweet that shows just how deep his knowledge of the strange and unusual really is. He did so while making a joke. But, the subtle knowledge flex is there all the same. In the tweet, Jennings says that arguing about politics on Twitter is “tired.” He’s not wrong. However, that trend is probably not going away anytime soon. (Side note: follow Outsider on Twitter to fill your feed with content that isn’t full of divisive political rants.) What would the Jeopardy! champ rather be doing? He’d rather be arguing with Theosophists in the comments under YouTube videos. More specifically, he’d rather argue with Theosophists about old episodes of My Mother the Car.
If this whole thing leaves you wondering just what in the world Ken Jennings and the mysterious M are talking about, don’t worry.
Making Sense of Ken Jennings’ Obscure Knowledge Flex (with One of My Own)
Let’s start off light. My Mother the Car was a short-lived sitcom from the mid-sixties. The show was built around the concept of a haunted car. A man’s mother dies and her soul inhabits his Porter. Apparently, not much hilarity ensued from the concept. The show only ran for one season. Probably the most notable thing about the show is that it starred Dick Van Dyke’s younger brother, the late Jerry Van Dyke.
Now, I can’t get into the weeds about the demon-possession of the car or Helena Blavatsky’s warnings. Honestly, I’ve never gotten that deep into her writings. She wrote thousands of pages of deep esoteric “wisdom.” She wrote it in such a way that it was hard to understand on purpose. We can, however, shed some light on what Theosophists are.
Theosophists are adherents to Theosophy, the movement that Helena Blavatsky helped to create. It’s an occult system built on the belief that there are “Masters” all around the world who hold the knowledge of the ages. They only impart their magical wisdom on those who devote their lives to the hunt for this hidden wisdom. Blavatsky described her school of thought as a combination of philosophy, science, and religion. She mentioned countless metaphysical and interdimensional beings. So, there’s a good chance that she warned about demon-possessed objects. Who knows?
There you go. Now a random rant from a Theosophist on YouTube about a mildly obscure short-lived sitcom nearly makes sense. You’re welcome.