In grade 10 I had to do an english assignment, a large presentation on facism. To eat up some time I decided to make a flash video (this slowly became a great fall back in school).
Funny enough, the opening credit sequence was a rip off of the loading animation from the original American History X website, this is including the first couple captions. I tried to directly rip it... but all I could get was the original art work. So rather than just coming up with an original idea, I painstakingly recreated the original motion graphic piece by piece. Although it may not have been the most honest tactic, I learned a whole bunch about tweening and animation by doing so.