Sideways science: the joy of Save Your Breath for Running Ponies

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These days I get excited when I see any big science news story break because I know it's only a matter of time before it appears in delightfully skewed fashion on the Save Your Breath for Running Ponies blog. Combining a love all all things sciencey with offbeat lifestyle advice, Running Ponies is how I want my science news reported. Here's their coverage of this week's haul of new species discovered in Papua New Guinea, including the 3-foot-long Bosavi Woolly Rat:

So you might be feeling a little bit bewildered right now, Bosavi Woolly Rat, having never seen people before and now all of a sudden you meet them and they adore you. But I think you should know that in terms of rats, you're kind of an anomaly. People generally don't like your kind, my giant rodent friend. You give them the creeps and they sort of assume you're out to infect them with diseases, chew through their floorboards, or gnaw their babies' faces off in their sleep. And I know that all sounds horrible to you and of course you'd never dream of doing anything of the sort because you are very much the gentleman, Bosavi Woolly Rat, but people can be odd sometimes.

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