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Infinite-Monkey Theorem

noun

  • the theory that if you put an infinite number of monkeys in front of typewriters, given an infinite amount of time, they will eventually duplicate one or more Shakespeare scripts.

    Last edited on Nov 10 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

notes

  • In mid-2002, researchers at Plymouth University in England actually put a working computer in a cage with six crested macaques. The monkeys proceeded to bash the machine with a rock, urinate on it, and type the letter S a lot (later, the letters A, J, L, and M also crept in). The results were published in a limited-edition book, Notes Towards The Complete Works of Shakespeare. A researcher reported:

    "They were quite interested in the screen, and they saw that when they typed a letter, something happened. There was a level of intention there."

    Last edited on May 16 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

origin

  • This theorem has been traced to the mathematician E'mile Borel in 1913, and was first popularized by the astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington. It became part of the idiom of techies via the classic SF short story "Inflexible Logic" by Russell Maloney, and many younger hackers know it through a reference in Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

    On 1 April 2000 the usage acquired its own Internet standard, RFC2795 - Infinite Monkey Protocol Suite.

    Last edited on May 16 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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infoporn

  • "information" + "pornography". Information for information's sake.

    Last edited on Oct 03 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Oct 03 2009.

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Information Superhighway, the

noun

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infotainment

noun - uncountable

  • something (such as a TV program) designed to both be informative and entertaining.

    Last edited on Oct 25 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Oct 25 2011.

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in fuck

intensifier

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in God's name

intensifier

  • intensifier, usually expressing confusion or displeasure.
    Where in God's name are we?
    What in God's name are you wearing?

    Last edited on Aug 07 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 07 2010.

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in good hands

adjective

  • with one's needs being taken care of.
                                                                     

                                                                                     

                                                                                                               

    Citation from "All the Right Friends", Covert Affairs (TV), Season 2 Episode 4 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Aug 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 11 2011.

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