University of Georgia geography professor Jerry Shannon became a media magnet this week after inventing one of those things the world didn’t know it needed until it was actually there — a map showing where you could watch the eclipse while dining at a Waffle House.
The map showed Waffle House locations in the South within the path of total eclipse during the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
“The Eclipse: Smothered and Covered: The best places to watch the eclipse while eating at Waffle House!” went viral after Shannon posted it on Twitter. Hundreds re-tweeted it, and by Friday, Shannon was fielding reporters’ calls from such national media outlets as the Chronicle of Higher Education and CNN, along with the Waffle House company itself, which also retweeted his map.
His map appears to be by far the most popular of a number of funny eclipse maps, including “Sunsquatch: Best spots to see the eclipse and bigfoot … at the same time!”
The Waffle House map is whimsical, but rooted in Shannon’s serious research focus: food accessibility. His recent research includes mapping access to SNAP retailers in Atlanta.
“While #sunsquatch and Waffle House maps are fun, they also show how detailed research on store access can point to real disparities,” Shannon tweeted Thursday
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