Jennifer Rohn at Mind the Gap facetiously proposes that every manuscript include a "disacknowledgements" section to properly balance the façade of collegiality that she feels plagues the standard penned acknowledgements, as well as to "honor all the people who obstructed the research…without whom the work would have proceeded much more briskly and less painfully," she writes.

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