On March 7, Cracked writers Pat Carnell and Eric Yosomono had their excellent 5 Badass People Who Stood Up to Infamous Dictators published on the site. Almost immediately, because the Internet is ever vigilant, comments were posted that they had “stolen” that article from a site…
Hey guys, I was asked to update this post and make it clear that Alex Noudelman loves plagiarism. Like, he’s probably even “Liked” it on Facebook. Also, my friend and frequent co-writer Maxwell Yezpitelok has more in this post on his Tumblr.
Here are some choice quotes from Max’s post:
That’s right, this idea was originally pitched six months ago and it was only published last week, because Cracked articles take a shitload of work from a lot of people — the same people who are being called plagiarists now thanks to Alex Noudelman.
All 10 entries in the CoolTop10s article are copied from the 18 that were pitched on the Cracked Workshop between September and January. And this isn’t the only article they’ve stolen — here’s Top 10 Shocking Ways North Korea Boosts Its Economy, also posted on January 4, 2014 by CoolTop10s
Did you like that Breaking Bad reference? It was stolen from the Cracked Workshop along with the rest of the pitch
On March 7, Cracked writers Pat Carnell and Eric Yosomono had their excellent 5 Badass People Who Stood Up to Infamous Dictators published on the site. Almost immediately, because the Internet is ever vigilant, comments were posted that they had “stolen” that article from a site called CoolTop10s.
Now you’d think that would make total sense because it’s not as if Cracked has super high editorial standards that’ll permanently kick your ass out if you plagiarize, nor has Cracked ever publicly spoken out against plagiarism.
Oh, wait. We totally do and have.
Here’s what really happened: the Cracked Workshop is open to everyone, all the time. It’s one of the great things about Cracked, that anybody can start pitching and writing. It also means that unscrupulous jackasses have access, and sometimes they steal ideas and entire pitches out of the Workshop. Because they’re talentless hacks who have no ideas of their own, probably.
Pat and Mark first posted their pitch on September 24, 2013. As usual, it went back and forth with Editorial: eventually 8 entries were approved, another 18 were cut. It was accepted on December 21, 2013, and Pat and Mark posted their final version on January 4th, 2014.
And lo and behold, the “Top Ten Badass Things Said to Dictators” appeared on CoolTop10s on January 4th. (Pat and Mark’s Cracked article wasn’t published until March 7, because Cracked cares about its content, and it takes around 6 weeks for an article to go through edits, photo layouts, etc.)
So, no, Cracked did not plagiarize from another site. Someone else stole a pitch from the Cracked Workshop and rushed to put it up. You’ll notice that the stolen article had 10 entries, but the finished Cracked article has 5 entries: as I said, 18 were cut, 8 were approved, and 5 went into the final article. So…Every single entry on the CoolTop10 list came from the Cracked pitch that had been posted in the Workshop. For example, in their original pitch, Pat and Mark have a list of Cut Entries (that weren’t going into the article). One of them is “King Juan Carlos Tells Hugo Chavez to Shut Up.” CoolTop10s number 5 entry is “King Juan Carlos Tells Hugo Chavez to Shut Up.”
Look, the Internet is a wide and wonderful place, and we all have access to knowledge like we’ve never had before. How about, instead of stealing from other people’s hard work, you have a little pride and take the time to do your own damn research? Is that too much to ask?