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Samuel Masters for Art-Sheep

Well, we all know that William Shakespeare was a very enigmatic figure, his life shrouded in mystery, even his date of birth remaining unknown. However, recently, scientists’ discoveries indicate that there might be more interesting facts about the legendary author that we might not be privy to, such as, for example his occasional drug use.

According to the findings of a group of South African scientists examining a number of tobacco pipes excavated from the writer’s garden, the artifacts were found to possess traces of cannabis, implying that when Shakespeare wrote about “invention in a noted weed” in his Sonnet 76, he might have literally been talking about “weed” in today’s sense. As reported, the 17th century clay pipes were examined with the use of a state-of-the-art technique called gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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