Here are some pics of the amazing things that I came across while digging out my basement:
Here is a fine example of the twisted 2x6's. You should also note that there is a single verticle "branch" that is lodged into one of the 2x6 floor joists. I'll illustrate the damage this is causing below.
Here's a series of pictures that illustrate the termite damage from yester-year and the magnificent job someone did to rectify the situation:
Ok, to highlight what's wrong with the aforementioned image, let's imagine that someone placed a 4x4 adjacent to an eaten 4x4, but not on solid foundation but rather a 1x12 board that spans the top of what one was a basement window well. No one in their right mind would ever think that a 1x12 spanning 24" could hold up anything but a few books, right? Here are a few more that attempt to highlight the lunacy: