Scientists Detect Traces of Cannabis on Pipes Found in William Shakespeare’s Garden


Some centuries-old pipes found in the garden of William Shakespeare still contain traces of cannabis, according to South African scientists who examined the relics with forensic technology.

The study, published in the South African Journal of Science, examined 24 pipe fragments from the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, where Shakespeare lived. Some had been excavated from Shakespeare’s garden. Using advanced gas chromatography methods, researchers detected cannabis on eight fragments — four of which were confirmed as from the Bard’s garden, the Telegraphreports. Evidence of Peruvian cocaine was found on two others, though they were not from the same property.

Though some of his readers have long combed his work for what they see as coy references to drug use, there is no proof that Shakespeare himself used drugs and earlier studies by the same South African research team, led by anthropologist Francis Thackeray at the University of the…

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17 Self-Made Billionaires Who Came from the Most Humble of Beginnings


These 17 rags-to-riches stories remind us that through determination, grit, and a little bit of luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success.

  1. Russian business tycoon and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich was born into poverty and orphaned at age two. Net worth: $8.2 billion

    Abramovich was born in southern Russia, into poverty. After being orphaned at age two, he was raised by an uncle and his family in a subarctic region of northern Russia.

    While a student at the Moscow Auto Transport Institute in 1987, he started a small company producing plastic toys, which helped him eventually found an oil business and make a name for himself within the oil industry. Later, as sole leader of the Sibneft company, he completed a merger that made it the fourth biggest oil company in the world. The company was sold to state-run gas titan Gazprom in 2005 for…

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Why Workers in Turkey Are Encouraged to Be Late For Work


Can giving people time off incentivize them to exercise? That’s what the governor of the Erdine province in Turkey is betting on.

Our Cure is Sport is a new health initiative that will be implemented in the western Turkish province of Erdine. Government workers who participate in the program will be allowed to clock in an hour later than their usual start time, according to Turkish news site Haber 7. Workers will be helped to find a sport that suits them and have access to a dietician.

The initiative is one way in which Turkey is fighting obesity, which has become a growing problem in Europe over the last few years. With 61.9% of its adult population overweight and 27.8% obese, Turkey ranks third in the region by prevalence of obesity, and has the seventh largest percentage of people who are overweight, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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