Shakespeare smoked pot. Surprise!
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Out, out damned pot!

I see Queen Dab hath been with thee...

Now is the winter of our spliff's content.

These are just a few of the pun-laden headlines you're sure to see following The Independent's report about the cannabis residue found in Shakespeare's pipes

State-of-the-art forensic technology from South Africa has been used to try and unravel the mystery of what was smoked in tobacco pipes found in the Stratford-upon-Avon garden of William Shakespeare.

Neither of the pipes with c0caine came from Shakepeare's garden. But four of the pipes with cannabis did.

Results of this study (including 24 pipe fragments) indicated cannabis in eight samples, nicotine in at least one sample, and in two samples definite evidence for Peruvian c0caine from coca leaves.

Shakespeare may have been aware of the deleterious effects of c0caine as a strange compound. Possibly, he preferred cannabis as a weed with mind-stimulating properties.

So, it turns out that the bard liked to get his smoke on. And are you at all surprised?

Considering the wild fantasies contained in A Midsummer's Night Dream or The Tempest, you could see how some herbal inspiration infused itself to his quill.

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Have you always loved Shakespeare but you feel like it's been missing a certain canine quality? Well you're not the only one. Kevin Broccoli has set out to create a production of Hamlet starring all pugs. What's the show called, you ask? You guessed it: "Pug-let." Is this something you want to see happen? Mr. Broccoli needs your help. Here's what he has to say on his Kickstarter page:

I want to produce the first-ever all-pug production of "Hamlet." As you can imagine, this will require finding very talented pugs.

For years I've dreamed of mounting one of Shakespeare's most glorious works with nature's most glorious creation: The Pug.

This will be the first-ever (that I'm aware of) all-pug production of "Hamlet." The actors will be pugs--even Gertrude.

It will be an amazing theatrical event. Please help us bring it to life.

*If the project is fully funded, we can film it so people who can't travel to see the show can still receive a link to view the production in lieu of an actual ticket.

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Shakespeare took his last breath 396 years ago today -- but did we ever really lose him? Esquire columnist Stephen Marche, author of How Shakespeare Changed Everything, gives us a little perspective:

"Shakespeare is the foremost poet in the world. All of the scriptwriting books cite him as the dominant influence on Hollywood. He has had more influence on the novel than any novelist. The greater the artist, the more he or she was influenced by Shakespeare. Dickens and Keats were more inspired by Shakespeare than anybody, and their familiarity with Shakespeare seems to have made them more original, not less."