How The Dumbest Plagiarist In The World Tried To Blackmail Me (And Failed Hilariously)

So, last week I made a post about Alex Noudelman, a “Top 10” websites mogul who likes stealing articles from other sites, then accusing the original authors of plagiarism. He can get away with this because some sites, like Cracked, have forums where the writers develop the ideas for months and months before the sites buy them, so Noudelman just goes in there, scoops up the unfinished articles, and posts them before Cracked can. You can look at all the evidence in the post I linked to above. Other highlights of his career include filing copyright complaints against the same sites he steals from, harassing the original writers and possibly posing as a cancer survivor on Twitter (I’ll get back to this one later).

Yesterday, Alex Noudelman finally spoke up through his Twitter account. His explanation for all the theft? It was me! The guy writing this Tumblr post! Apparently, I stole all those articles, sent them to him to publish them under false pretenses… and then wrote a lengthy post exposing my own crimes, for some reason. Here’s his evidence:

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Because, you know, teenagers haven’t been faking emails using a combination of “emailing yourself” and “MS Paint” since the dawn of time. (Note that he has my IP address because I left him a nice message asking for the stolen articles to be removed before this whole thing started.) Anyway, I told him that I would confirm the email was real if he confirmed that this conversation between us took place:

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But wait, that was just the beginning!

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tracy-v

Note: This is my original post about plagiarist Alex Noudelman, but a lot has happened since then. Check out the sequel to this post for the sad and hilarious story of how Noudelman tried to blackmail me!

tracy-v:

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…

Yep, another jackass is stealing articles from the Cracked forum and posting them before Cracked can do it, making the original writers look like plagiarists. Oh, and the best part? The guy who’s doing this, Alex Noudelman, best known as the author of YouTube smash hit Top 10 Ugliest Female Celebrities, calls himself a “copywriting specialist” who will create “fresh material” based on his “clients’ values.” You know, assuming those values include “blatant plagiarism” and “stealing money from other writers by copying their articles before they can be published.” Update: And he also appears to have filed a copyright complaint against Cracked on Google! Yes, for the article he stole.

Here’s the evidence, but be warned that there are images of this douche’s face by the end of this post, so try not to read this at the office or around impressionable children.

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weirdshitblog
weirdshitblog:

cracked:

Imagine stealing a car, then blue shell-ing the cops.
4 Video Game Mashups Too Awesome to Exist

#4. Super Mario Kart Meets Grand Theft Auto
The best aspect of the GTA series for me … [is] the fact that you have a massive city to explore at your leisure while occasionally running into insane Easter eggs. … Meanwhile, one of my favorite things about the Mario Kart series is that the stages are secretly linked — as GameXplain points out, if you take your eyes off the road in Mario Kart: Double Dash, you can actually see landmarks from other tracks as background details, suggesting that the entire game is set in a vast interconnected world. If you throw these two ideas into a blender (a special blender for ideas — do not try this with a regular one), what you get is a game where Mario can finally drive outside the boundaries of the same old tracks and explore a huge open-world setting. 

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No. 1 is a video game concept that Max Yezpitelok and I came up with a few years ago. He’s a big fan of LucasArts style adventure games (especially Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island series) and I’m a big fan of Earthbound and other weird, surreal games. So, we put the two ideas together and came up with this concept that Max has described in the article as “A Link to the Past meets Maniac Mansion”, which is extremely accurate.
Basically, the idea was a big house with an alternate world that kind of resembles Moonside from Earthbound. Flipping back and forth between the worlds would allow you to solve puzzles and fight monsters and it would be fun and simple and probably be something no one would ever give us money for.
If you are or know someone who is experienced at making video games and is interested in working on a fun adventure game with fairly unusual mechanics and a concept and storyline that are ready to go, e-mail us! Max is mrmxy@hotmail.com and I’m weirdshitblog@gmail.com. Funding is currently non-existent because we’re writers and not developers, but hey, so was Colin McComb when he started out. A good story can take you a long way!
(Note that at the end Max says I wanted to keep the plot a secret. We actually both agreed to keep it mum, not that it’s anything terribly special, but because we do want to actually make it one of these days and we spent a lot of time on the plot, which is all we can do because, again, we’re writers and not developers.)

Yeah, what he said.

weirdshitblog:

cracked:

Imagine stealing a car, then blue shell-ing the cops.

4 Video Game Mashups Too Awesome to Exist

#4. Super Mario Kart Meets Grand Theft Auto

The best aspect of the GTA series for me … [is] the fact that you have a massive city to explore at your leisure while occasionally running into insane Easter eggs. … Meanwhile, one of my favorite things about the Mario Kart series is that the stages are secretly linked — as GameXplain points out, if you take your eyes off the road in Mario Kart: Double Dash, you can actually see landmarks from other tracks as background details, suggesting that the entire game is set in a vast interconnected world. If you throw these two ideas into a blender (a special blender for ideas — do not try this with a regular one), what you get is a game where Mario can finally drive outside the boundaries of the same old tracks and explore a huge open-world setting. 

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No. 1 is a video game concept that Max Yezpitelok and I came up with a few years ago. He’s a big fan of LucasArts style adventure games (especially Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island series) and I’m a big fan of Earthbound and other weird, surreal games. So, we put the two ideas together and came up with this concept that Max has described in the article as “A Link to the Past meets Maniac Mansion”, which is extremely accurate.

Basically, the idea was a big house with an alternate world that kind of resembles Moonside from Earthbound. Flipping back and forth between the worlds would allow you to solve puzzles and fight monsters and it would be fun and simple and probably be something no one would ever give us money for.

If you are or know someone who is experienced at making video games and is interested in working on a fun adventure game with fairly unusual mechanics and a concept and storyline that are ready to go, e-mail us! Max is mrmxy@hotmail.com and I’m weirdshitblog@gmail.com. Funding is currently non-existent because we’re writers and not developers, but hey, so was Colin McComb when he started out. A good story can take you a long way!

(Note that at the end Max says I wanted to keep the plot a secret. We actually both agreed to keep it mum, not that it’s anything terribly special, but because we do want to actually make it one of these days and we spent a lot of time on the plot, which is all we can do because, again, we’re writers and not developers.)

Yeah, what he said.

ackwebcomic
ackwebcomic:

ACK: CHAPTER 1 (32 pages) can now be downloaded for FREE!
ENGLISH: CBR CBZ PDF
ESPAÑOL: CBR CBZ PDF
We’ll be back on March with Chapter 2! In the meantime, feel free to share these files in the, you know, wherever files are shared. The Napsters?

I wrote this comic! Check it out if you like comics about robots and punching and awkward attempts at humor. And being horribly inefficient at pimping your own work on social media.

THERE’S PUNCHING!

ackwebcomic:

ACK: CHAPTER 1 (32 pages) can now be downloaded for FREE!

ENGLISH: CBR CBZ PDF

ESPAÑOL: CBR CBZ PDF

We’ll be back on March with Chapter 2! In the meantime, feel free to share these files in the, you know, wherever files are shared. The Napsters?

I wrote this comic! Check it out if you like comics about robots and punching and awkward attempts at humor. And being horribly inefficient at pimping your own work on social media.

THERE’S PUNCHING!

44 Pressing Questions to the Person Singing the Ghostbusters Theme Song

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If there’s something strange

How strange? Are we talking “This burger came without cheese” strange, or “There’s a clown crying blood pressed to my window” strange? This is an important distinction.

in your neighborhood

What part of the neighborhood? Is it near my house? Because if it isn’t like right outside my door, I don’t care.

Who ya gonna call?

You still haven’t told me what the strange thing is, or how close it is to me. How could I possibly know who to call, or if I even want to call someone?

GHOSTBUSTERS

Wait, what?

If there’s something weird

Hey, never mind that, is the… is the strange thing you mentioned before a ghost?

and it don’t look good

Is there a ghost in my neighborhood? If there’s a ghost in my neighborhood please tell me right now so that I can move to another one.

Who ya gonna call?

Look, I don’t know, can you let me deal with the ghost problem first? I’m still trying to process that…

GHOSTBUSTERS

Oh shit. Oh shit, there are TWO ghosts?

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Uh, then why are you telling me to call the Ghostbusters?

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

You told me that already! Why do you keep repeating everything? I’m not deaf!

If you’re seeing things

Can you please stop changing the subject every few sentences and try to acknowledge at least one of my questions?

running through your head

You’re very bad at having conversations, you know?

Who can ya call?

That sounds like a problem for a psychologist. Is it a psychologist?

GHOSTBUSTERS

Again with the…? How are the Ghostbusters equipped to deal with mental issues, anyway? Or did you mean there are ghosts literally running inside my head? Can ghosts even do that? You’re not making any sense here.

An invisible man

So, a ghost? You’re talking about ghosts again, right? Just so we’re clear.

sleeping in your bed

OK, now I hope you’re talking about ghosts. In this scenario, I actually prefer a ghost to a living invisible man sleeping in my bed. Am I in the bed at the same time when this is going on, by the way?

Who ya gonna call?

Let me guess. Ghostbusters?

GHOSTBUSTERS

OK. Sure. Can we talk about something else now?

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

I didn’t say you were. I’m just bored of all the ghost talk. Hey, did you watch the awards show thing on the television? Did you see the thing the famous person did? Crazy, huh?

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

You know that sounds less convincing every time you say it, right?

Who ya gonna call?

Oh, for fuck’s sake — why don’t you just call them yourself?

GHOSTBUSTERS

No, I mean, like, on the phone. You do know how to use a phone, right?

If ya all alone

I kinda wish I was, but here you are, still talking to me about ghosts, aren’t you?

pick up the phone

Why are you giving me orders now? You’re not my dad.

and call

What exactly is gonna happen to me if I don’t do that? I’m getting like a vaguely threatening vibe from you now.

GHOSTBUSTERS

Oh, you changed it around, huh? Instead of “Who ya gonna call” you just said “and call” this time. Very nice. Very creative.

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

I think that’s been established by now, hasn’t it?

I hear it likes the girls

What? Hold on, who are you even talking about? Ghosts in general? A specific ghost?

I ain’t afraid of no ghost

Is it Slimer? Slimer likes the girls? Is that what you’re saying here?

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Okaaay. Are these legal-age girls that Slimer likes? You know what, don’t answer that. I don’t wanna know.

Who ya gonna call?

The Ghostbusters. I’m gonna call the Ghostbusters, OK?

GHOSTBUSTERS

Yeah. That’s what I said. Are you happy now?

If you’ve had a dose of a

Oh, if I’ve had a dose? I think it’s pretty clear that you’re the one who’s had more than a “dose,” pal. Of the drugs, I mean.

freaky ghost baby

WHAT. Dude. What the fuck does that even mean?

Ya better call

No, seriously, what was that freaky ghost baby thing about? I really need some clarification on that one.

GHOSTBUSTERS

Like, the freaky ghost of baby? Or a freaky baby that turned into a ghost? Either way: Jesus, man. That’s dark.

Lemme tell ya something

Can I say no? No, thanks.

Bustin’ makes me feel good!

Did you… did you just say that “busting makes you feel good”? Does that mean you’re a Ghostbuster then? Or are you talking about a different kind of busting?

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Because if you’re a Ghostbuster, why do you keep telling me I need to call them? You’re right here. You specifically said I needed to pick up a phone.

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Wait. I get it. This isn’t a toll free number, is it?

Don’t get caught alone no no

Yeah, I caught you, motherfucker. You get a commission from the calls, don’t you?

GHOSTBUSTERS

Don’t you Ghostbusters me. You dare to Ghostbusters ME? IN MY HOME?

When it comes through your door

Literally through the door, like an immaterial being, or physically, like when I kick your butt out?

Unless you just want some more

No, I’ve had nonsensical ghost talk for now. Don’t you have other people to harass?

I think you better call

I think you better fuck off.

GHOSTB-

tinytinydoctors
tinytinydoctors:

cracked:

"Great but is the ‘HE SHE’ font obvious enough?" — the ’40s
The 6 Most Bizarrely Offensive Comic Book Supervillains

#5. He-She — The Power of Hermaphroditism
A popular formula for creating a superhero or supervillain is to just grab two different things and combine them: bats and men, ghosts and riders, daring and deviling. Guess what two things the villain He-She was a combination of. Go on, guess.

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another thing that’s offensive is describing a hermaphrodite is as having “boy parts and girl parts”, as this article does

I don’t think hermaphrodites are literally half a burly dude and half a sultry woman neatly split in the middle. The point was that this comic (which describes the character as a monster without a soul) is offensive to actual hermaphrodites, and hopefully everyone else.
Yes, I have a new article on Cracked! Will I only announce my articles here when someone on Tumblr gets upset at them? Probably! Here’s another one I did recently that I’m pretty proud of: A Biography of Ronald Reagan (Based Only on His Appearances in Comic Books)

tinytinydoctors:

cracked:

"Great but is the ‘HE SHE’ font obvious enough?" — the ’40s

The 6 Most Bizarrely Offensive Comic Book Supervillains

#5. He-She — The Power of Hermaphroditism

A popular formula for creating a superhero or supervillain is to just grab two different things and combine them: bats and men, ghosts and riders, daring and deviling. Guess what two things the villain He-She was a combination of. Go on, guess.

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another thing that’s offensive is describing a hermaphrodite is as having “boy parts and girl parts”, as this article does

I don’t think hermaphrodites are literally half a burly dude and half a sultry woman neatly split in the middle. The point was that this comic (which describes the character as a monster without a soul) is offensive to actual hermaphrodites, and hopefully everyone else.

Yes, I have a new article on Cracked! Will I only announce my articles here when someone on Tumblr gets upset at them? Probably! Here’s another one I did recently that I’m pretty proud of: A Biography of Ronald Reagan (Based Only on His Appearances in Comic Books)