When I was recently at MSRI, they had a big poster of humorous advice on how to get an NSF proposal rejected (for example: "Definitely don't worry about sending it to an appropriate program officer. Surely it will find its way to the right person eventually."). I thought it was a very good summation of how to write a proposal. But I just tried to find it on Google, and failed (probably because I'm not remembering what the real title was).

Does anyone know where this list is available online?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know where to find the exact poster that was at MSRI, but there's a very similar one for astronomy: wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov/contributed_posters/full_posters/… $\endgroup$ – Steven Sivek Apr 4 '10 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, that looks awfully similar to the one at MSRI. It does seem a little weird that it's astronomy (maybe the one I saw was a ripoff?) $\endgroup$ – Ben Webster Apr 4 '10 at 22:46
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    $\begingroup$ Why don't you ask the MSRI staff? They surely must know this. $\endgroup$ – Dmitri Pavlov Apr 4 '10 at 23:02
  • $\begingroup$ The poster seems good. $\endgroup$ – Charlie Frohman Apr 4 '10 at 23:42
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    $\begingroup$ The person who arranges posters is not in yet today. I sent her an email and voicemail. If it is alright with msri I will most likely send you a pdf individually and you can decide what to do with it. Meanwhile, to forestall awkward questions, I have no official standing at msri since Irving Kaplansky died, I just know everyone and use the library and computers. $\endgroup$ – Will Jagy Apr 5 '10 at 16:42

I don't know of this poster but there is a funny lecture by Serre: "How to Write Mathematics Badly" which may be of some relevance. http://modular.fas.harvard.edu/edu/basic/serre/

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