• WHI (FEMA and the Waffle House)

    The Waffle House Index is an informal metric named after the Waffle House restaurant chain to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. It was coined by former administrator Craig Fugate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The metric is, unofficially, used by FEMA to inform disaster response.

    If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad…

    — Craig Fugate, Former Head of FEMA

    The index has three levels, based on the extent of operations and service at the restaurant following a storm:

    • GREEN: full menu – Restaurant has power and damage is limited or no damage at all.
    • YELLOW: limited menu – No power or only power from a generator, or food supplies may be low.
    • RED: the restaurant is closed – Indicates severe damage or severe flooding.

    I “borrowed” this information from the information on Wikipedia.

    Former FEMA director Craig Fugate coined the term after the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

    The tornado devastated Joplin causing $2.8 billion worth of damage, killing 158 people and injuring 1,150 others.

    Waffle House, however, remained open.

    Both locations.

    Waffle House has a limited menu prepared for times of food shortages and power outages.

    It also assembles “Waffle House Jump Teams” who can quickly reopen the restaurant after a disaster as soon as it is safe to do so.

    The Waffle House Index is thus a surprisingly useful indicator of how well a community is faring after a severe storm.


  • Bigfoot in SC

    From WSOC Channel 9 News:

    2 separate Bigfoot sightings
    reported in South Carolina this year

    Two Bigfoot sightings have
    been reported in South Carolina this year,
    according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers
    Organization.According to its website, the creature was spotted twice this summer – once on July 5 and then another time on Aug. 2.

    The first sighting was reported near a powerline cut, which the report says is common for Bigfoot sightings. The area is near Clover in York County. A professional forester reported hearing a knocking noise and a strange smell in the area. He also said he found a large area of grass that was
    compressed “as if something large is sleeping
    there regularly.”

    The second sighting was in Beaufort County in the Hunting Island State Park, near the lighthouse. The reporting person said they saw a creature walking on the side of the road in front of the car.

    “The incident happened very quickly as the
    creature disappeared into the lush Palmetto &
    Pine forest (jungle) that surrounds the exit road,” it reads.

    The report noted it was the first “multi-witness daylight sighting” (meaning highly reliable) of a sasquatch close to the Atlantic Ocean’s shoreline.

    According to its website, the BRO was founded in 1995. It’s made up of scientists, journalists and specialists from diverse backgrounds. It’s the oldest and largest organization of its kind, the site
    said. “The organization essentially seeks to resolve the mystery surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon, that is, to derive conclusive documentation of the species’ existence,” the website says.

    𝙿𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝟶𝚍𝚍 𝚂𝚝𝚞𝚏𝚏.


  • Musical Interlude


  • Creepy on YouTube

    I love the Dark 5 buds on YouTube.

    Very 0dd sometimes.


  • Interesting Recipe

    Watch till the end.

    0dd video.


  • Closer Than You Think

    Little Diomede Island or “Yesterday Isle, formerly known as Krusenstern Island, is an island of Alaska, United States. It is the smaller of the two Diomede Islands located in the middle of the Bering Strait between the Alaskan mainland and Siberia.

    Big Diomede to the left in the pic.

    On the west coast of Little Diomede is the town of Diomede, and it is the only settlement on the two islands.

    The population is 83 people, down from 115 at the 2010 census and 146 in 2000.

    Big Diomede Island features a similarly barren landscape to Little Diomede Island but also a small Russian military base.

    I’m guessing this is the Russian military base.

    Two competing world powers just a couple of miles and nearly a day apart.

    I never knew about this little city until yesterday. I’m over fifty.

    This goes in with The 0dd Stuff.


  • Signs

    No not those kind of signs. No extraterrestrials, no ufos.

    It almost looks like a toy sitting up there but this is a piece of advertisement for a shop across from one of my stops in Bishopville, SC. I think the place is closed for good. Lots of places shut down around here the past few years.

    It’s not supernatural. It’s not a ufo.

    But it’s definitely part of The Odd Stuff.


  • The 0dd Stuff

    If you’re wondering what that pertains to, I’m talking about the paranormal, the cryptos (not Bitcoin), the ghosts, you know, THE WEIRD THINGS IN OUR WORLD (and possibly others,)

    There is so much out there that remains unexplained and in a world that is constantly bombarded by Covid and political conspiracy (not saying they aren’t true) I want to get lost in here for a while.

    YOU are certainly welcome to join me.

    I’m going to write, post pictures and videos either way.