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can content ever be truly original in the interests of seo, readability and copy
right laws, its important for all the material on your website to be original an
d not plagiarised, but how original can content really be how often have you com
e up with a question that you thought was one of lifes great mysteries, then goo
gled it only to find that its been asked and answered many times before have you
 ever come up with what you thought was a great idea, joke or play on words only
 to find that the internet has beaten you to it when russian billionaire roman a
bramovich bought chelsea fc in , i remember immediately joking to my dad that th
ey will now become known as chelski. i thought id made that up, but the media we
re straight onto it, and even tshirts with the theme of the clubs russian revolu
tion were available for purchase right away. it shows that clever ideas are not 
always plagiarised, but collectively formed by many individuals all at once. rec
ently, i discovered that any page of text we can possibly come up with can alrea
dy be found on the internet  on one particular website. the library of babel, na
med after a  short story written by jorge luis borges, is an online tool that co
ntains every possible ,character passage of text that can be put together using 
the  letters of the alphabet, spaces, commas and full stop. this means that the 
overwhelming majority of it is indecipherable gibberish, but that hidden somewhe
re in this virtual library are countless pages that could change the world. the 
idea can be compared to the infinite monkey theorem, although the library of bab
el is a finite work, albeit an unimaginably large one. the number of books in th
e library, if written down, would be , digits, and each book is  pages long. som
ewhere in all this randomly generated text, you could find the cure for cancer, 
or the winning national lottery numbers for the next five weeks, along with the 
names and addresses of the people who will win it. you could even stumble upon y
our own obituary, detailing when, where and how you will die, and even what your
 last words will be. so, does this mean plagiarism of huge articles could happen
 by pure coincidence not really. if you go to the library of babel and select a 
random book, you will almost certainly be greeted with utter nonsense. you can a
nglishize the text you get so that any real english words are highlight in yello
w, and youll probably find that the longest word picked out is only five or six 
characters. even the odds of finding a text beginning with a given word like hel
lo are ridiculously small. the chance of an h cropping up as the first letter is
 one in   letters plus the comma, full stop and space, so he as the first two le
tters would be one in  x , which is . for the full fiveletter word hello, the od
ds become one in more than  million, so you can see how quickly the probability 
of a coherent passage of text becomes ludicrously small. this shows that mass pl
agiarism by accident is all but impossible, so keep your content fresh and origi
nal, even though its all already sitting in the library of babel waiting to be d
iscovered  just like this article                                               


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