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Project Information Project % Complete Major Supported Platforms
Monkey Shakespeare logo Help test the monkey Shakespeare theory with The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator. The theory states: "If you have enough monkeys banging randomly on typewriters, they will eventually type the works of William Shakespeare." This project is just for fun.

To participate in the project, display the project web page in your web browser. A Java applet runs in the web page while the page is displayed. The applet generates random pages of text and compares them to all of Shakespeare's plays, and displays any matches between the first X characters of a random page and a Shakespeare play. The web page displays the current record match: if you beat that record, you can press the Submit Record button in the applet to submit your new record, or you can follow instructions on the page to submit your new record manually. Note that the applet does not seem to be CPU-intensive, so you can run it at the same time as a CPU-intensive distributed application.

current record:
the first 23 letters of "Timon of Athens,"
after 12,514,200 billion billion billion monkey-years,
October 20, 2004
any web browser which runs Java applets

The following icons may appear in the Supported Platforms section of the table:
dialup-friendlythis project is good for users with dialup Internet access
paid projectthis is a for-pay project
Windows 32this project runs on the Windows 32-bit platform
Linuxthis project runs on the Linux platform
MacOSthis project runs on the Mac OS platform
Solaristhis project runs on the Solaris platform