DailyDirt: Cheaters Never Prosper?
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It’s hard to really know how many cheaters are actually caught taking shortcuts. Generally, people assume that the ones who get caught are representative of all cheaters — but maybe the smart cheaters are never caught… and really do prosper. Here are just a few known cheaters… and not all of them have faced up to any consequences.
- South African Olympian Cameron van der Burgh set a world record in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke (and won a gold medal), but later he admitted to using more dolphin kicks than are officially allowed. He’s not the only one doing it, but that doesn’t make it right (just like peeing in the pool). [url]
- In the UK, Charles Ingram cheated “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” with a simple system of having his wife cough at the correct answers. Ingram and his accomplices were found guilty of cheating by a jury, but maybe if they’d used a slightly less obvious audible system… [url]
- The 2012 National Scrabble Championship was marred by a boy caught palming blank tiles. Cheating at Scrabble is considered such a rare event that a fake wunderkind caught red handed made national news. [url]
- Surprise: students enrolled in online classes with Coursera have been found cheating with dozens of cases of alleged plagiarism. Students don’t (currently) earn any real credits from these classes, but that will likely change someday. So when more online classes actually have value, there will be far more than a few dozen cheaters. [url]
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