Scandalous!

Don't you love it when nature writers tirelessly research and pen articles about, say, black-footed ferrets only to find years later that their words have been lifted verbatim and used in romance paperbacks like, say, Shadow Bear? It happened.

Aside from the above link to the Newsweek.com story, the nature writer in question (Paul Tolme) also talks (rather amusingly) about "2008's sexiest plagiarism scandal" on NPR's Talk of the Nation, in which he claims that hot-and-bothered romance readers have been requesting pictures of him with his shirt off and a ferret on his shoulder. Who knew nerds would be considered dead sexy by the romance set? I guess I have something to look forward to.

6 comments:

  1. Paul Tolme says, "From dusk until nearly dawn we sat in Livieri's truck—-two dudes looking for weasels. Nobody said science was sexy."

    But if two dudes "looking for weasels" in the dark of a truck cab isn't the premise of a gay porno, I don't know what is.

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  2. For the whole, awesome story, checkout http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com.
    They're the ones who noticed, they're the ones who broke the story.

    IT'S FABULOUS.

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  3. OH, GOOD GRAVY!

    "Is that a black-footed ferret ya got there, or are ya just happy to see me?"

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  4. Omg! Check this out! This is exactly like "Weighing Pork Chop- episode 6!" I am glad that this adorable kitten could finally go back home.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080123/ap_on_fe_st/odd_missing_cat

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  6. Cheryl, Diana, Peter: This is one of the most delightful news stories to hit in quite some time. It brings me joy!

    Ellen: OMG! Thanks!

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