If you've been following along on twitter today, you might be aware that I am dealing with a manuscript I was hoping to submit today. Unfortunately, the reference section is a complete disaster and the author is not... reachable.
After going through the whole thing I have 14 refs not in the text, 11 refs in text but not in ref list; 7 different ref formats, all of which are wrong. This would be simple to deal with if the author in question used EndNote and sent me their library, but then I wouldn't be writing this.
The situation prompted me to tweet that I am about ready to give someone authorship (co-8th, of course) for cleaning up the mess left by the first author. To my surprise, several responded that would do it just for mention in the acknowledgements.
With my love of passive aggressive notes, I immediately that about the potential hilarity of passive aggressive acknowledgements! Something to the tune of "We thank Dr. Weinberg for cleaning up the fucking mess left by the 1st author". I know of several thesis examples, but does anyone have any published examples? How about any venting acknowledgements of your own?