The Infinite Monkey Theorem

The ‘Infinite Monkey Theorem’ states that a monkey hitting random keys on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will eventually type any given text, such as a complete William Shakespeare play.

To find out if this was true, I applied for a government research grant and then set thirty-five thousand monkeys off on the task.

After nineteen years, one monkey brought me a complete play, except he had ‘Help Me’ as the title instead of ‘Hamlet’. That was pretty close, but I will keep the experiment going until one of the little primates gets it totally verbatim.

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