Geez Rick...who peed in your Wheaties?!? 😀
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That said, I must be the most flattering guy you people know. 😛
Side 1: I had a friend once that thought that he invented the concept of pouring cereal and milk into a glass instead of a bowl...do you think that maybe, just maybe, this similar concept could have been dreamt up more than once?!? Plus, I think you're right that the first one was more funny, so who would rip it off to make it less funny (but still pretty funny, though!)?
Side 2: Who gives a crap? I owned a humor website back in the internet technology boom. It made me tons of money. I didn't own or write one piece of information on the entire site, and I made it blatently obvious, too. The only thing I did was compile and group them all together in once place to make it easier for everyone to find...hence, spreading the joy. Rick, do you send flaming e-mails to everyone that forwards a joke e-mail to you yelling at them for not writing it themselves? Go grab a stress ball, relax...go have a Coke and a smile.