Here is what communication problems can do for you:
This morning, I had a phone conversation with a scientist abroad, talking about a joint paper project. At the end, we agreed on who was going to write which part of the manuscript. My colleague, let’s call him Peter, said something along the lines of “I will write the introduction and will create figure 1, and you should do figures 2 and 3″. I wasn’t too enthusiastic because figure 2 looked like a lot of work, but I agreed.
Only after spending several hours on this blasted figure 2, and another phone call, it turned out that Peter had not said “and you should do figures 2 and 3″, but rather “and Yu should do figures 2 and 3″.
Now we have two versions of figure 2, one by me and one by Yu.