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Could Shakespeare's Bones Tell Us if He Smoked Pot?
LiveScience ^ | Article: C6/27/2011 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 07/09/2011 2:03:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A South African anthropologist has asked permission to open the graves of William Shakespeare and his family to determine, among other things, what killed the Bard and whether his poems and plays may have been composed under the influence of marijuana.

But while Shakespeare's skeleton could reveal clues about his health and death, the question of the man's drug use depends on the presence of hair, fingernails or toenails in the grave, said Francis Thackeray, the director of the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, who floated the proposal to the Church of England.

Thackeray conducted a study in 2001, which found evidence of marijuana residueon pipe fragments found in Shakespeare's garden. Cannabis was grown in England at the time and was used to make textiles and rope. Some Shakespearian allusions, including a mention of a "noted weed" in Sonnet 76, spurred Thackeray's inquiry into whether Shakespeare may have used the mind-altering drug for inspiration.

"If there is any hair, if there is any keratin from the fingernails or toenails, then we will be in a position to undertake chemical analysis on extremely small samples for marijuana," Thackeray told LiveScience.

A poet's curse

Whether or not Shakespeare smoked pot, he certainly didn't want his remains disrupted. The stone covering the poet's grave carries an engraved curse for any would-be intruders.

"Blessed be the man that spares these stones," the engraving reads, "And cursed be he who moves my bones." [8 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries]

Thackeray said he has a way around the Bard's curse.

"We don't want to move any of the bones," he said.

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What won't they accuse him of?
1 posted on 07/09/2011 2:03:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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unbelievable.


2 posted on 07/09/2011 2:04:17 PM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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Ping


3 posted on 07/09/2011 2:04:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway (All the Squares go home)
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Bones would not tell as much as voter rolls showing Shakespeare to be a registered Libertarian Party voter.


4 posted on 07/09/2011 2:06:04 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: nickcarraway

Out damn spot.....

oh...its a hallucination....never mind.


5 posted on 07/09/2011 2:09:49 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: nickcarraway

“You can’t appreciate Shakespeare until you’ve read him in the original Klingon. ...”

General Chang


6 posted on 07/09/2011 2:12:17 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: nickcarraway

“Would he were wasted, marrow, bones and all” ~King Henry VI, part III: III, ii.


7 posted on 07/09/2011 2:15:35 PM PDT by mikrofon (A goodly medicine for my aching bones!)
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To: nickcarraway

The guy has been dead long enough for the statute of limitations to have expires methinks.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 2:16:42 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Gov. Perry is a solid conservative... as long as it's campaign season.)
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To: nickcarraway
Because creativity can only be the product of recreational-drug abuse.

</sarcasm>

9 posted on 07/09/2011 2:21:00 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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I think they are trying to claim the pot was responsible for his genius.


10 posted on 07/09/2011 2:21:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway (All the Squares go home)
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What kind of person really feels a need to know?


11 posted on 07/09/2011 2:27:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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the marijuana plant /hemp plant often was used in herbal medicine, so that wouldn’t prove anything.

And equating the drug culture in the US, i.e. taking drugs for pleasure to get high, was not the same as using a herbal medicine.

I suspect Shakespeare used beer and wine to get drunk...


12 posted on 07/09/2011 2:31:43 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: cripplecreek
Aberrant perversions produce parallel behaviors.
Homosexuals desire to claim the famous people in history were homosexual. Druggies desire to show the great achievers of the past were druggies.
13 posted on 07/09/2011 2:34:01 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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Thanks nickcarraway.
Neither of either; I remit both twain. I see the trick on't: here was a consent, Knowing aforehand of our merriment, To dash it like a Christmas comedy: Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany, Some mumble-news, some trencher-knight, some Dick, That smiles his cheek in years and knows the trick To make my lady laugh when she's disposed, Told our intents before; which once disclosed, The ladies did change favours: and then we, Following the signs, woo'd but the sign of she.
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14 posted on 07/09/2011 2:35:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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OLIVIA:What's a drunken man like, fool? CLOWN: Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman: one draught above heat makes him a fool, the second mads him, and a third drowns him.
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15 posted on 07/09/2011 2:37:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway (All the Squares go home)
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Of course, when they dig him up, and examine his DNA, they’ll find out the body is Francis Bacon’s.


16 posted on 07/09/2011 2:39:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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GOOD FREND FOR JESUS SAKE FORBEARE TO
DIGG THE DUST ENCLOASED HEARE.
BLEST BE YE MAN YT SPARES THES STONES AND
CURST BE HE YT MOVES MY BONES

Shakespeare’s epitaph.


17 posted on 07/09/2011 2:39:39 PM PDT by yarddog
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They are desperate to matter.


18 posted on 07/09/2011 2:40:46 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the residue found on the pipe fragments came from this anthropologist’s hands.


19 posted on 07/09/2011 2:42:39 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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Paultards desperate for a celebrity endorsement?


20 posted on 07/09/2011 2:45:34 PM PDT by mnehring
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