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April 23, 2012
WORDY WIN FOR ‘SNYDER’ CHIMP

STOCKHOLM—With Spangles the chimp gamboling on stage behind him, MIT’s Charles Rand on Saturday held aloft his golden statuette, and silenced critics who said he could never train a chimpanzee to produce a body of flash fiction.

Writing as “John Snyder,” Spangles has done just that — at the rate of 100 words a day for three months, on the site 100Words.com.

“We win! We win!” Rand shouted, teeth bared, while his troop of graduate students cheered, screeched, and tumbled their approval.

The Palme d’Plantain is given annually by the World Congress of Lower Primate Arts and Sciences.