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To Smash or Not to Smash

10:00 AM -- British boffins are turning their attention to one of the burning questions of our time, according to Stuff.co.nz:

    They say that given a hundred typewriters and enough time, a hundred monkeys will write Shakespeare's complete works.

    To test this idea, a team at the University of Plymouth, England, got a (PndStlg)2000 grant from the British Arts Council, shut six Sulawesi crested macaque monkeys with a computer keyboard in an enclosure at a Devon zoo for a month, and filmed what happened.

    The alpha male bashed hell out of the computer with a stone and the other monkeys did little else but urinate and defecate on the keyboard. Nevertheless, the monkeys did produce the equivalent of five pages of type with a predilection for the letter S. One researcher said that proved the monkeys were not hitting the keyboard at random, so were part of the way towards literacy...
Silly science. Sounds suspiciously similar to sertain scribes sitting somewhat smugly in the surrounding shrubbery.

— Larry, Scrappy Simian, Light Reading

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:10:22 PM
re: To Smash or Not to Smash But were they drunk or depressed? If they can't find the "d" key, then maybe we won't be welcoming them into the society of professional journalists anytime soon.
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