5 Great Men Who Built Their Careers on Plagiarism

Robert Evans: As anyone here at Cracked will tell you, without even the slightest provocation, writing is hard. When the strain of coming up with new material becomes too great to bear, a writer has two options: He can pepper his work with penis jokes and pictures of cute animals, or he can steal his words from a better writer.

Occasionally, a brilliant (or at least sort of clever) mind comes across a bad spell of writer’s block and gives into the temptation to be a cheating plagiarist. Sometimes this blatant plagiarism ends up being the catalyst that launches their career like a rocket powered by lies.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What’d He Do? We’re not saying that King wasn’t an incredible person who did more to advance the human race than most of us can ever hope to do. We’re just saying that he was also a plagiarizing butthole.

What’s the Problem? For starters, his own university admits that his doctoral thesis, the very foundation of his career, was significantly plagiarized. Seriously. They had an official inquiry and everything.