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Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0927  Wednesday, 18 May 2005

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 May 2005 12:10:00 -0700
Subject: 16.0913 Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0913 Shakespeare's Mythical Monkey Authors

 >"So, how much Shakespeare can monkeys write?  The answer, it turns out,
 >is not much.  Over the course of billions of cyber-years-the simulator
 >runs at a highly accelerated rate in the hopes that it 'creates
 >interesting results in our life-times' --the cyber-monkeys' best showing
 >is a match of 23 words from *Timon of Athens.*"

Hey, don't knock the monkeys, they've since made a lot of progress:  "24
letters from 'The Second Part of King Henry IV' after 2,737,850 million
billion billion billion monkey-years. Sent in by Darren Eggett from
Bountiful, Utah on 3 Jan 2005.  'RUMOUR. Open your ears; 9r"5j5&?OWTY
Z0d "B-nEoF.vjSqj[...' matched 'RUMOUR. Open your ears; for which of you
will stop The vent of hearing when loud Rumour speaks?...'"
Furthermore, they've hit on 24 letters from several other plays, as you
can see at the simulator:

http://user.tninet.se/~ecf599g/aardasnails/java/Monkey/webpages/index.html#results

Waiting impatiently outside the monkey house,
Al Magary

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