1. This TEN YEAR gap between a journal getting the paper and publishing it.
2. This author affiliation that you will never live up to.
3. This gleefully specific book acknowledgments page.
4. This footnote that is a little too honest.
5. This very detailed methods section...
6. ...and this well deserved thank you for the cows.
7. This admission, which anyone who's ever done a literature review can relate to.
8. This interesting way of dealing with writer's block.
9. This spectacularly cringeworthy sentence that somehow got left in a published paper.
10. This sneaky reference to Slayer in the notes of a paper.
11. And this thank you to two people who you might not expect would turn up in a scientific paper.
12. This draft acknowledgments section that is a bit too real for any scientist who's worked with rodents.
13. This relatable admission.
14. And this one.
15. This paper, whose second author, FDC Willard, is a Siamese cat.
16. This addition to the author contributions section.
17. And this overly-honest disclosure, from the same paper.
18. This perfectly good reason to co-author a paper together.
19. This public shaming of a reviewer, which is in bold so you don't miss it.
20. This unexpected thank you.
21. And finally, this poor panda, whose demise has at least been beautifully illustrated.
Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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