Infinite Monkey Theorem Put to the Test
It is said that an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters and an infinite amount of time could eventually write the works of Shakespeare.
In a test of this theorem (not pictured here), zookeepers in England left a computer keyboard in a Sulawesi Crested Macaque enclosure in 2003. In that experiment, a male monkey first attacked the keyboard with a stone. Then the others urinated and defecated on the keyboard. Over the course of one month, all of those monkey exertions reportedly produced just five pages of text - consisting largely of the letter S.
In a more recent experiment (video above), the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust gave a silverback gorilla an HD camera encased in an indestructible box and covered with honey and oats. That gorilla reproduced the opening sequence of Michael Bay's Transformers 3 and all of Adam Sandler's new film - Jack and Jill - in an afternoon.
More research clearly needs to be done.
Posted by Randy Finch on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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