Professor Talks About Bogus Essay He Posted on Plagiarism Sites

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Mon, Jan 9th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On College Misery -- a website where college professors rant and rave about dealing with annoying students, whiny parents, envious colleagues and churlish chairpeople -- a professor explains how he let loose a bogus paper on the Magna Carta to catch plagiarists -- and just how well that paper is doing "in the wild":

Back in 2005 I did an evil, evil thing. Discovering the proliferation of websites where student plagiarists could copy essays, I wrote a Trojan horse paper about the Magna Carta and seeded it on a few plagiarism sites. The essay is basically wrong from beginning to end. Amongst other silliness, it claims that King John's titles included Duke of Hazzard, and observes that "peasants were reduced to eating burage and socage." It also invents a fictitious war against Flanders Fland (a region on the coast of Luxembourg) and cites such scholarly tomes as Bollock and Maidenhead's classic Interminable History of the English Law.

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