I brake before tunnels.
This is an admission that, as a person new to Pittsburgh, I did not think would cause a scandal. But in a “city of tunnels,” confessing that you are guilty of this particular vehicular sin elicits sighs, groans and exclamations of outrage from people who just moments before were kindly offering you recommendations for good pierogies.
That’s not to say that braking for tunnels isn’t a weird point of civic hate-pride: There are Reddit threads. There’s a T-shirt. There’s a song.
In an effort to defend myself, I contacted Roberta Klatzky. She’s a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University and is on the faculty of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
Klatzky studies how “people perceive and how it relates to how they act,” she told me by phone this week.
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