The editorial team at Environmental Microbiology says that while the journal's "referees, editorial board members, and ad hoc reviewers are busy, serious individuals who give selflessly of their precious time to improve manuscripts" year-round, from time to time "their humor — or admiration — gets the better of them." In the season's spirits of "goodwill and merriment," the Environmental Microbiology staff has rounded up a collection of reviewer's comments — some

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