Doobie or not Doobie? Five (Possibly) Weed-Related Lines in Shakespeare's Work
smoke pot? A team of paleontologistswant to dig up the bard's bones
in the name of that inquiry according toToke of the Town
. South African anthropologistFrancis Thackeray
first posited the theory that Shakespeare used cannabis years ago after finding marijuana residue on pipe fragments in the major English literary figure's home garden. Now he is asking for permission from the Church of England to exhume the body in order to confirm it among other things.
Thackeray's teamplans to use a technique called laser surface scanning
to determine if the body entombed is that of Shakespeare, probe into a cause of death, and, of course, to see if the poet and playwright's inspiration came from a little inhalation.
As the bones lay resting at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon pending the Professor's request, speculation as to whether William Shakespeare was high when he composed his famous literary works only raises new questions about possible working titles or first drafts of famous quotes.*
A selection of five classic works of Shakespeare reconsidered:
A Midsummer Night's Spliff
The Medical Marijuana Merchant of Venice Beach
The Merry Wives of Weed
All's Well That Rolls Well
Five famous quotes as they might have originally been or intended:
"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" (Sonnet 18)
"Get thee to a dispensary." (Hamlet)
"We few, we happy few, we band of tokers." (Henry V)
"A hit. A very palpable bong hit." (Hamlet)
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. Don't fuck up the rotation." (As You Like It)
*Special thanks to Noah Zweig and Meleiza Figueroa for help compiling this list!
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