Morning Show Insider: Have you experienced the ‘Davison Effect’ during your drive?


DETROITJason Carr: Outside of the traffic report we don't hear or use the freeway names, do we? What's up with that? It's not like your friend who got into a fender bender on 696 retells the story as, "so I crashed on the Reuther…" No. He says 696 as we all do.

I've spent almost my entire life as a sentient upright being on this planet without ever having referred to I-94 as "the Ford freeway." How weird that sounds! And at the same time you'd never call the Davison anything but the Davison.

Incidentally, about the Davison: I commute to work every morning 25 miles from the burbs to downtown, following the Lodge/Northwestern Highway/M-10 (ugh, the multiple names!) almost the entire way. And this I can tell you; the Davison Effect is real. The Davison Effect will mess with your head. The Davison Effect is incredibly frustrating.

Here's what happens. It's 5:30 in the morning (or 4:30 or 3:30). You're driving on the Lodge for miles and miles carefree, not needing to change lanes to avoid other drivers for 10, 15, 20 miles at a stretch. And then you round the bend by Wyoming and the first road sign lets you know the Davison exit is 2 ½ miles away. This is when, as if conjured by a genie, random slow cars will suddenly appear, staggered across all lanes. These cars were not there a second ago. It's almost like they were on the shoulder waiting, and when you passed the Wyoming exit you unknowingly triggered an infrared laser that signaled these cars to get into motion-slowly! Must be slow and lane-clogging!

You will then be forced to take evasive action, as your 80 mph carefree jaunt has now become Dodge 'Em cars at Cedar Point. And you can bet your sweet bippy that the guy in the smoking 1988 Bonneville with no tail lights in the right lane-who has two miles(!) to get over to the left lane Davison exit-will not let you pass him and THEN change lanes. Oh no-he's going to do it right now. At a leisurely 50 mph. He's coming over no matter what. Because that is the Davison Effect.

I'm sure you don't believe me. But it's true. I've commuted to Local 4 from my house something like 700 weekdays since I started working here and I know there's something called confirmation bias, which simply means once you notice something you're sure it happens all the time. Well, I'm here to tell you I don't care how empty the Lodge is at 3:30 or 4:30 or 5:30 in the morning-as soon as I or you or anyone rounds that corner at the Wyoming exit, watch out. Those shadow cars are waiting to ruin your day.

And I will never call 96 the Jefferies.

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National Days: February 21st

  • National Caregivers Day
  • National Sticky Bun Day
  • National Grain-Free Day

History Highlights: February 21st

  • In 1916, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France as German forces attacked; the French were able to prevail after 10 months of fighting.
  • In 1945, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazes with the loss of 318 men.
  • In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam. (Three men were convicted of murder and imprisoned; all were eventually paroled.)
  • In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.
  • In 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up (each ended up serving a year and a-half).
  • In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating at the Albertville Olympics; Midori Ito of Japan won the silver, Nancy Kerrigan of the U.S., the bronze.
  • In 2013, Drew Peterson, the Chicago-area police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Celebrity Birthdays: February 21st

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Here’s who you’re sharing a birthday with –

  • Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 41
  • Actor Kelsey Grammer is 65
  • Actress Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is 24
  • Actor Kumial Nanjiana (Silicon Valley) is 42
  • Actress Ellen Page is 33
  • Singer-songwriter Nina Simone is 71
  • Blanket Jackson (Michael Jackson’s son) is 18
  • Novelist Chuck Palahniuk is 58
  • Actor & Director Jordan Peele is 41
  • Writer Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) is 40

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