So if you haven't heard, there is going to be a solar eclipse on August 21st. Mark your calendars if you haven't already! So, why is this such a big deal you may ask? Well, because it's the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse will be visible across the contiguous United States of America.
According to NASA, the path of the moon's umbral shadow will begin to interfere with the sun's rays and initiate the long-awaited eclipse in the Pacific Northwest. It will then continue from west to east at which point residents in the following states will enjoy this natural phenomenon.
Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina (note: only a tiny corner of Montana and Iowa are in the eclipse path).
The rest of the country will have the joy of experiencing a less awesome, but nevertheless cool, partial eclipse.
Where Can You Watch the Eclipse?
In an effort to help unite all the viewers of the solar system that evening, Jerry Shannon, a faculty member of the University of Georgia, devised the ultimate method. Thanks to him, we can all now known exactly which Waffle House to be seated at when the solar eclipse happens.
This way you'll be sure that your scientific inquiries into our solar system don't leave you hungry.
Eclipse watching always makes me hungry. pic.twitter.com/1MER26QXTg
-- Jerry Shannon (@jerry_shannon) August 3, 2017
Of course, you could pick a great many other places in which to enjoy the blackout of the sun. But with killer hash browns, patty melts, and, of course, waffles, why would you be anywhere else?
With 1,764 restaurants spread across 25 states, if you look at Shannon's map, if you're in the South, there is a good chance that there is one next to you. The majority are located along highways and interstates in the southern United States.
So get ready with some vinyl booths, a jammin' jukebox, laminated menus, and all day breakfast to accompany your solar eclipse viewing. Plus, the Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Therefore you know you're guaranteed to grab a seat when the eclipse hits.