TDQ Investigates: The Jane Goodall Plagiarism Scandal

Jane Goodall Fact Checker

Jane Goodall claims she had her book, “Seeds of Hope,” scrutinized by many esteemed colleagues.

If you’re like us, your world was rocked last week when word broke that Jane Goodall’s new book, set to be released in April, quite possible plagiarized a good chunk of it.

As much as we’d love to see Sigourney Weaver act out scenes of Jane Goodall writing a book (just imagine her at a typewriter pecking away and having a conversation with a gorilla, handing him a banana at the same time. Hilarious!), it pains us to learn that the researcher and scientist famous for living with apes is just the latest in a string of high-profile plagiarists.

In an article we totally are linking to accurately, Goodall’s latest book, “Seeds of Hope,” was apparently found by independent researchers to have several passages plagiarized from various sources, including our favorite go-to “source” site, Wikipedia.

While we certainly understand that it’s difficult to write a book, and we would assume it’s even more difficult to write a good one, we have to wonder how much of the other stuff Goodall has written is true, in light of these allegations.
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Students Hurt, Angry Over Wikipedia Page Scandal

Wikipedia Reliability

Crowd Sourcing, the practice of letting the general public perform mutually beneficial work for free, has one major flaw: The crowd is made up of humans. There is no guarantee that a contributor is not an idiot. Wikipedia has locked its own page on Wikipedia Reliability to prevent idiots from messing it up. Here at The Daily Quarterly we assume everyone is an idiot until they can prove otherwise.

Steubenville, OH—When news broke earlier this month that a particular page on Wikipedia that had been on the site for more than five years was a hoax, students all over the world were taken aback that something like this could happen to a website known as a trusted, reliable tool in getting students better grades on papers and on homework assignments.

For five years, a page on the “Bicholim Conflict” duped students and Wikipedia editors alike into thinking the conflict between Portugal and the Indian Marath Empire that took place between 1640 and 1641 was real. But a little digging by one skeptical Wikipedia editor has blown the lid off the hoax, and shaken the faith of students who turned to Wikipedia when their own sad scholastic attempts failed miserably.
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Wikipedia Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Every Student And Journalist Who Finished Homework Or Article Based Solely On Information Obtained From Wikipedia

Wikipedia Lawsuit

The Daily Quarterly has obtained a copy of several of the suits via WikiLeaks. The documents appear to be hastily prepared from templates on wikilaw.org.

London—Jimmy Wales, the face and co-founder of popular information website Wikipedia has filed class action lawsuits in 27 jurisdictions throughout the world against students and journalists who “failed to do the requisite, appropriate research into homework and articles they wrote, passing off as their own the diligent, often-time consuming hard work done by various writers and editors for our wonderful website.”

Wales said he never dreamed when he started the popular encyclopedic website that so much of its content would wind up in the papers and articles completed by both students and would-be journalists alike.

“I, and so very many hard-working editors who help at Wikipedia got through their schooling doing the actual research and work that was necessary to properly complete the given assignment,” Wales said. “We would actually crack open the books, read the contents, and continue cracking and reading until the material we needed was obtained and put into the pages of our various reports. There was no search engine to type into, no web page from which to cut and paste. And to think that this wonderful site that I and my colleagues have given the entire world would be the crutch that so many lazy individuals use to get by in their various classes and jobs, it sickens me to no end. Thus I am suing.”
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Roger Ebert Tweets His Disapproval Of Marriage Between Actor And Would-Be Country Singer

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Only one of these celebs has publicly admitted to having plastic surgery performed. Surprisingly it's cancer survivor Ebert whose treatment required the partial removal of his jaw bone. Hutchison's face is more taught now than it was years earlier. Stodden appears to have been 16 at least once before and may have parts as young as 16.

Chicago—World famous movie critic Roger Ebert has once again taken to Twitter to communicate his opinion on the behavior and actions of other Hollywood celebrities, this time tweeting his thoughts on 51 year-old actor Doug Hutchison and his marriage to 16 year-old aspiring country music singer Courtney Stodden.

On Monday, Ebert tweeted about the marriage saying, “Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to marry D-list actors at 16.”

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A “Cop Rock” Comeback? 10-4

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Los Angeles, CA—Despite being an unmitigated disaster when it first aired on ABC 20 years ago, there are some clearly stoned or intoxicated people in Hollywood who think that it would be a good idea to revisit-are you ready for this?-“Cop Rock.”

The original series, a mix between a “musical” and police procedural (yeah, who would have thought that could fail?) created by Steven Bochco and William Finkelstein contaminated airwaves for 11 weeks in 1990 before ABC mercifully pulled the plug.
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