Did Shakespeare smoke weed? University of the Witwatersrand anthropologist Francis Thackeray thinks he did. He'd like a chance to prove that, and also learn more about the Bard's life and death, by digging up his body. (Maybe they'll also determine if Shakespeare was Shakespeare, but that's another story.) In 2001, Thackeray and his colleagues unearthed pipes
in Shakespeare's garden that tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, and other substances. From RAW Story:
"We have incredible techniques," Thackeray told Fox News. "We don't intend to move the remains at all..."
"The pipes we tested still had dirt in them which preserved the residues inside the stem and bowl," Van der Merwe said. "The readings we got were the same as if it had tested a modern-day crack pipe."
Camphor, myristic acid, and quinoline were among other substances detected in the pipes.
"Myristic acid, which is found in nutmeg, has hallucinogenic properties, and camphor, perhaps, was used to hide the smell of tobacco or other substances," Thackeray noted in 2001.
"Scientists want to dig up Shakespeare to find out if he smoked weed
" (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)
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