January 19, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Adam Safran cuts off the number of monkeys and typewriters trying to come up with a Shakespearean sonnet at 100, but the absurdity of his site is infinite. Modeled after the SETI@home project, 100 Monkeys houses SIMI — or the Search for Intelligent Monkey on the Internet — which allows users to drive Safran’s primates to produce line after line of garbled text in the hope that a coherent phrase will emerge. The only question is whether Safran and his simians are for real — or just monkeying around. B+

MUST-VISIT: mlf.100monkeys.org This satellite site is the home of the Monkey Liberation Front, a splinter group trying to free SIMI’s monkeys from the shackles of their typewriters.

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