A sinister topic

Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Mon Apr 2 12:53:26 EDT 2001

>> Kyla's signature said:
>>> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>>> Why do an infinite number of monkeys always want to type
>>> "Hamlet"? What's wrong with "Macbeth"? Why not something
>>> by Dickens or Poe?
>>>         --Tom Knapp
>> There's a skit by David Ives in "All in the Timing" which is about
>> three monkeys trying to type Hamlet. One of them comes up with "It
>> was the best of times, it was the worst of times", but trashes it.
> There's a short story I read once, where a statistician tells a friend
> about the monkeys-randomly-typing-Hamlet thing and the friend, in a
> fit of boredom, buys twenty monkeys and twenty typewriters and sticks
> them in his basement to see what happens.
> What happens is that each immediately starts typing a different work
> of classic literature, letter perfect.

I like it, but I agree with David (who used a similar technique to generate
random curses in Eight Days of Luke) that the monkeys would get bored far too

Philip (trying to bring this back on topic...)

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