24 thoughts on “When you think about it, Shakespeare WAS the result of billions of monkeys trying to write stuff randomly for millions of years.

  1. Rayalot72 February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    We’re basically the result of a very inefficient machine learning algorithm. Some weird stuff sure came out.

  2. cochlearist February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Wasn’t even infinite! Got that shit banged out by 1616!!!

  3. YoBuckStopsHere February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Writing was invented in 3200 B.C. so it only took us 4764 years.

  4. Todayinmygarden February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    In that sense Leo DiCaprio owes a lot of his career to da Vinci and Shakespeare

  5. wasnew4s February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    But typewriters weren’t even invented in 1656.

  6. pipsdontsqueak February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Oh my god! I was wrong! 

    It was Earth all along! 

    You’ve finally made a monkey, 

    (Yes, we finally made a monkey!) 

    Yes, you’ve finally made a monkey out of me!

    I LOVE YOU DR. ZAIUS!!

  7. Merman6969 February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    I get it, but intuitively there is a clear difference between me typing a poem and me pounding on my keyboard with my fists. This of course begs the question, what is the difference between writing something meaningful and writing nonsense? What does it *mean* to mean? This is not an easy question, but clearly the answer is not “nothing”. So I think I disagree.

  8. Intranetusa February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    But but but monkeys are actually our cousins and not actually humans themselves.

  9. SwolePangolin February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    There’s a difference between evolution and infinite chance

  10. AlecH90059 February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Well technically we didn’t evolve from monkeys

  11. awonderingeye February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Karl Pilkington’s mind would not be able to comprehend this

  12. geared4war February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    I hate to be pedantic but monkeys and humans are parallel evolution. We come from the same original creature but branched a long time ago.

  13. Tyray3P February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Unless you don’t believe in evolution. Actually had someone in 8th grade say evolution was just a theory and refused to take the test on it. Don’t remember much of it, but I do know he was just trying that cause he didn’t study.

  14. Fireproofcandle February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    We were never monkeys. We used to be part of the Catarrhini family who split into the surviving Old World monkeys and Apes.

  15. sunkid February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    I am going on a limb here, but I don’t think the cumulative population of all monkey species is in the billions.

  16. finchdad February 14, 2018 / 3:33 am

    By the time writing got involved, they had ceased to be monkeys for a very very long time.

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