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Did you know there were like three different books about gawky, dark-haired 12-year-olds going to wizard school before 'Harry Potter'? Two separate inventors actually filed patents for the telephone on the exact same day. On today's Cracked podcast, Jack O'Brien, Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Kristi Harrison go head-to-head-to-other-head and talk about great ideas a bunch of people had simultaneously.

Is it plagiarism, sheer coincidence or Jungian "collective unconsciousness" hippy bullshit? You can find out now if you throw on your headphones and click play above, go here to subscribe on iTunes or download it here.

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