I thought GilDodgen’s June 10 post about the odds of writing a simple computer program by chance was very interesting. It put me in mind of the old “infinite monkey theory.” You know the one: “If infinite monkeys were typing on infinite typewriters, sooner or later they would type out the complete works of the Bard. I googled it and found this site http://user.tninet.se/~ecf599g/aardasnails/java/Monkey/webpages/index.html that is testing it out. They have a random number generator simulating the monkeys. When I looked they had typed 8.91 raised to the 71st power of pages, and the most they had been able to get was 37 letters from Shakespeare.
See this site now: http://everything2.com/title/Monkey+Shakespeare+Simulator