Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears...In a new discovery 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated that were from the garden of William Shakespeare were found to contain cannabis.
So, to put it bluntly...
Shakespeare was a stoner.
The scientists at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, tested 24 fragments of pipe loaned from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and cannabis was found in eight samples, four of which came from Shakespeare's property.
Now, the question we are all thinking: Did the weed have an influence on this sensational playwright’s work?
With a list of stoner creatives (George Washington, Queen Elizabeth, basically all of ancient Greece) in the history books, this is just another one to add to the inventory of.
Stoners of the world:
You can now use “Shakespeare did it so now I can too! Not all stoners are bums and losers. This guy was the most successful playwright of all time.” As another excuse to your mom, dad, or anyone else for that matter.
And you’ll start writing all the best plays. Including, but not limited to:
Twelfth Night Faded
A Midsummer Night's Taco Run
Much Ado About Doing Nothing
The Dealer of Venice
Alls Well That Ends Weed
Ok, that last one was pretty bad, but you get it. Or maybe soon you’ll start crafting your own sonnets: “Shall I compare thee to a giant bag of chips, or some Chicken McNuggets... thou art more lovely and temperate...”
(Please note: I’m not condoning illegal behavior. If you don’t smoke, that’s cool too dude. You could be next Shakespeare without the added doobie. Just maybe it won’t be as fun.)