From google search: "Background on the Evelyn Effect
David Todd, a professor at Pomona College, was dehydrating 2-methylcyclohexanol using an acid catalyst. As the product was distilling, he was interrupted by the department secretary. Out of curiosity, he collected the remaining distillate in a separate vial to see if the product composition differed from the earlier fraction. Using a gas chromatograph, he discovered that the product ratios varied as the reaction proceeded. The discovery was named after his secretary: The Evelyn Effect. The Evelyn Effect is defined as the phenomena in which the product ratios in a reaction change as the reaction proceeds."
Really interesting phenomena