? (zqfmbg) wrote,

I was recently thinking about the expression "an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters will eventually write out the complete works of Shakespeare". I wondered why "eventually" was part of the expression. If you have an infinite number of monkeys typing away, some (infinite) number of them must already be typing out the complete works from the start, so you don't have long to wait. It's like you have two infinities in an expression when you only need one. (The second one arises from the word "eventually", which to me implies that you'll get it as long as you wait long enough for it, however long that might be.)

Figures that there's an entire Wikipedia page on the topic.

Uh, oh yeah. What have I been doing? Freezing my toes off and feeding cats, that's what. And writing SQL queries that generate tables consisting of 418k rows of the word "all". Oops.
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