Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Damn you! Damn you all to Hell!
I laughed out loud when I read this headline Monkeys Wreck Typewriter Theory. (Sorry, you have to pay to view this one, there's another link below)

A group of British researchers decided to put the old theory about an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of typewriters to the test. Although they didn't use an infinite number of monkeys, their findings suggest that our simian friends probably wouldn't produce the complete works of Shakespeare as suggested in the old adage, however, with their skill at repetition, they could maybe get a job with Fox news.

primates left alone with a computer attacked the machine and failed to produce a single word.
"They pressed a lot of Ss,'' researcher Mike Phillips said yesterday. "And the lead male got a stone and started bashing the hell out of it.''
"Another thing they were interested in was in defecating and urinating all over the keyboard,'' he added.
Eventually, monkeys Elmo, Gum, Heather, Holly, Mistletoe and Rowan produced five pages of text, composed primarily of the letter S.

Later, the letters A, J, L and M crept in.

It is my understanding that Fox news picked up their manuscript off a newswire and ran with it. As we've learned through the Iraq war, repeat something often enough and it becomes true; now loyal Fox viewers are threatening violent action against anyone who opposes the widespread, uninhibited use of the letter 'S.'

Here's a link you can click on without paying. the headline isn't as funny though.
The work was interesting but had little scientific value, except to show that the 'infinite monkey' theory is flawed.
posted by Sarkasba  # 8:33 AM


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