There is a simulation here, which has been running since July 2003:
The most the monkeys have come up with so far is 20 letters from Coriolanus, after 462,060,000,000 billion billion simulated monkey-years.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis S. [mailto:tsalagi@xxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 22 September 2004 01:18
> To: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: VMs: Long-range correlations
> From: Milo Velimirovic
> >"If you put a billion monkeys in front of a billion
> typewriters typing
> >at random, they would reproduce the entire collected works
> of Usenet in
> >about ... five minutes."
> But isn't that what Usenet is? ;-)
> Seriously. Bennett ran the numbers on the monkeys and
> Shakespeare, and found out that in the expected lifetime of
> the universe, they would produce very little Shakespeare.
> There was once a demo of this on the University of
> Tasmania's website.
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