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Anthropologist says Shakespeare might have smoked marijuana
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune ^ | 5/4/03 | Peg Meier

Posted on 05/13/2003 9:06:56 PM PDT by MikalM

Edited on 04/13/2004 3:39:17 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

To toke or not to toke? That is one question.

Several 17th-century clay pipes found at the site of William Shakespeare's home were used to smoke marijuana, a South African anthropologist says. Although he has no proof that the Bard was the guy who smoked the pipes, he surmises that some of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays also lend credence to the possibility that the writer smoked marijuana for inspiration.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: addiction; cannabis; drugs; literature; marijuana; minneapolis; minnesota; shakespeare; warondrugs; wod; wodlist

1 posted on 05/13/2003 9:06:56 PM PDT by MikalM
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To: longshadow; PatrickHenry
Oh no! The Bard's been bagged!
2 posted on 05/13/2003 9:09:12 PM PDT by Aracelis (Oh, evolve!)
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To: MikalM
So Shakespeare inhaled, did he?

This explains some of his plays. Particularly Othello.
3 posted on 05/13/2003 9:09:51 PM PDT by Terpfen
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To: MikalM
Well, if it was plain ol Kansas style rope hemp, it'll only get you high if you climb the rope.

Voice of experience here kids.
4 posted on 05/13/2003 9:10:45 PM PDT by wardaddy (Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain, and all the children are insane)
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To: MikalM
The article says.....Although there is NO proof.....

These idiots are so trying. If you don't have proof shut the heck up!!

5 posted on 05/13/2003 9:10:48 PM PDT by crazykatz
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To: MikalM
...he surmises that some of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays also lend credence to the possibility that the writer smoked marijuana for inspiration.

I wonder how many students have had to smoke marijuana in order to study those sonnets and plays...

6 posted on 05/13/2003 9:12:42 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: MikalM
"Cursed be he who moves my bones."

(GASP!) Could this be another veiled reference? Did Shakespeare play ........yahtzee?

7 posted on 05/13/2003 9:17:22 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: crazykatz
The article says.....Although there is NO proof.....

Obviously this guy is no Jayson Blair.

8 posted on 05/13/2003 9:18:41 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: MikalM
I am in bud
Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
9 posted on 05/13/2003 9:19:58 PM PDT by The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
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To: MikalM
His aunt may have had balls, too, but . . . . we really don't know, do we?
10 posted on 05/13/2003 9:25:23 PM PDT by BenR2 ((John 3:16: Still True Today.))
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To: crazykatz
The article says.....Although there is NO proof.....

I had to scroll back up and see if this was from the NY Times.

11 posted on 05/13/2003 9:38:50 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: MikalM
A better question would be, did the Earl of Oxford smoked pot?
:o)
12 posted on 05/13/2003 9:52:42 PM PDT by Maximum Leader (run from a knife, close on a gun)
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To: MikalM
Somebody ask Joe Sobran if this is true.
13 posted on 05/13/2003 10:04:06 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: Arkinsaw
Well, Sobran would say that it was Edward de Vere who was toking, wouldn't he? :)
14 posted on 05/13/2003 10:09:29 PM PDT by jejones
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To: MikalM
"Dude, wherefore art thou?"
15 posted on 05/13/2003 11:22:48 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Romeo and Juliet's Excellent Adventure)
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To: MikalM
"To be or. . . . What was the question?"
16 posted on 05/13/2003 11:24:50 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (A Midsummer Night's Pipedream)
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To: MikalM
Several 17th-century clay pipes found at the site of William Shakespeare's home were used to smoke marijuana, a South African anthropologist says.

"You're a very silly man, and I'm not going to interview you."

17 posted on 05/14/2003 12:56:48 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: MikalM
So this is what journalism has come to.

A headline that says something "might" have happened, and a sentence buried in the article that "there is no proof."

What's next?

Headlines like "Elvis MIGHT be alive," "John Kerry MIGHT be a shaved bigfoot," "George W. Bush MIGHT have been abducted by aliens"?

Talk about turning mainstream into tabloid journalism.
18 posted on 05/14/2003 5:53:18 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: MikalM
Two [pipe fragments] also showed evidence of cocaine.

Yeah, must be space aliens running that cocaine processing and transport to England back 400 years ago.

19 posted on 05/14/2003 7:27:10 AM PDT by dark_lord (The Statue of Liberty now holds a baseball bat and she's yelling 'You want a piece of me?')
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To: MikalM
One of Will's descendants is still keeping up the family tradition.


20 posted on 05/14/2003 7:29:20 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Shriner's Childrens Hospitals Provide Free Medical Care to Those In Need.)
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To: wardaddy
"Well, if it was plain ol Kansas style rope hemp, it'll only get you high if you climb the rope."

Ain't that the truth? A guy who looked a hell of a lot like me picked about a ton of that shit when he lived at Ft Riley. As soon as my lookalike Etsed, damn if he didn't take that shit with him to parts elsewhere. Lo these 15 years and I'm - sorry, "he" - is still not stoned.
21 posted on 05/14/2003 7:39:22 AM PDT by bucephalus (Romanization is Not Always Easy)
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To: MikalM
And the King said, "Find out what kind of weed he's smoking and buy a bag for each of my Bards."
22 posted on 05/14/2003 7:50:13 AM PDT by arm958
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To: MikalM
Does this so called anthropologist explain how there came to be any marijuana or cocaine in Britain in the 17th century??? There is no historical evidence of either to my knowledge.
23 posted on 05/14/2003 8:51:36 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: MikalM
You don't suppose that Shakespeare ate Oreos, do you? I mean, he might have, even though there is no proof. He also might have consumed a Twinkie now and then. Or perhaps a Big Mac.
24 posted on 05/14/2003 9:01:54 AM PDT by Luna (Evil will not triumph...God is at the helm)
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To: *Wod_list; jmc813
Wod_list ping
25 posted on 05/14/2003 12:50:41 PM PDT by MrLeRoy (The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson)
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To: Wolfie; vin-one; WindMinstrel; philman_36; Beach_Babe; jenny65; AUgrad; Xenalyte; Bill D. Berger; ..
WOD Ping
26 posted on 05/14/2003 1:27:50 PM PDT by jmc813 (After two years of FReeping, I've finally created a profile page. Check it out!)
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To: MikalM
Seen this? SA study to smoke out Bard's drug habits
27 posted on 05/16/2003 5:19:17 AM PDT by philman_36
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