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He Does WHAT in Something Rotten?! Five More Wacky Rumors About the Bard

first_img Something Rotten! The Bard does some pretty crazy stuff in Something Rotten—and while the new Broadway musical comedy by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell is far from a biography, tons of juicy rumors really did swirl around William Shakespeare in his day. A few of these myths have since been debunked, while others might always remain a mystery. Check out our favorite wild rumors about the prolific playwright!1. Shakespeare smoked pot and crack?!The Bard mentioned “noted weed” in “Sonnet 76,” and art may have imitated life. South African scientists found traces of cannabis in pipes found in the playwright’s garden—the cannabis was found in a low concentration, so the word is still out on whether the playwright was a pothead. There were, however, definite traces of cocaine, according to National Geographic. “The readings we got were the same as if it had tested a modern-day crack pipe,” said Tommy van der Merwe of the Forensic Science Laboratory. Um, WHAT?2. He was really his godson’s father?!Soon after the Bard’s death, the playwright’s godson William Davenant announced publicly that he was actually Shakespeare’s son. Although he was unable to provide any real proof, Davenant, who was also a playwright, was named after Shakespeare. Hmm, that sounds suspicious. We’re gonna stick this one in the “rumors” pile, considering Davenant was the only person who swore it was the truth.3. The Bard was a deer thief?!As the old story goes, Shakespeare was arrested and put in prison for stealing the deer of Sir Thomas Lucy, a chief enforcer of Walshingham and Elizabeth. The Bard then purportedly wrote an angry poem and placed it on Lucy’s gate. Is this true? No one knows—but according to PBS, three separate 17th-century accounts have insisted it really happened!4. He was actually the Queen?!Will the real Bard please stand up? Some historians theorize that “William Shakespeare” was a pseudonym, and tons of people have been rumored to be the playwright, including Sir Francis Bacon, 17th Earl of Oxford, Christopher Marlowe and William Stanley. The wildest hypothesis? Queen Elizabeth I. Hmm, the Queen does draw a striking resemblance to Shakespeare…5. Shakespeare was gay?!Even though he was married with children (it’s widely believed he got hitched to the already-pregnant Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and she was 26), some sources suspect that the playwright preferred the company of men. Just ask Sir Ian McKellen! “Married, with children, he left his wife in Stratford to live in London. I’d say he slept with men,” McKellen told Page Six. “No doubt Shakespeare was gay.” Thanks Sir, for setting us straight—uh, gay! View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

Blazing New Trails: Transforming Former Coal Mines into Outdoor Oases

first_imgKyle Hill could look at any number of things at the former surface mine on Dale Ridge: the scrubby hillside, the retention ponds built to catch runoff, the crumbling highwall sending truck-sized boulders careening to the mine floor. Instead, when he visits this site in Virginia’s Wise County, Hill sees opportunity—and ducks.“See down there?” Hill asks, aiming his binoculars at a clump of cattails framing a nearby wetland. “That place was just full of ducks last week.”An avid outdoorsman, Hill is a native of Coeburn, a town built around the coal industry in this corner of southwest Virginia. As a student at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Hill has been taking a different look at the many former surface mines that dot the central Appalachian landscape, wondering how they can support populations of game species like waterfowl.While using old mines as a catalyst for wildlife conservation might seem odd, Hill’s approach isn’t happening in a vacuum. A host of efforts is taking a renewed look at former minelands as a linchpin in diversifying Appalachia’s outdoor economy.As many as 1,800 square miles of central Appalachia have been touched by surface mining, a practice where coal is reached by removing the rocks above it rather than using a shaft to reach it underground. This approach has far-reaching impacts, including leaching metal-laden runoff into waterways and eradicating headwater streams and forests. A 2016 study by researchers at Duke University even found that surface mining has altered Appalachian topography, dropping the average slope of mined areas in the mountains by forty percent.While the environmental and social concerns of mining have been well-advertised, surface mines can become forgotten by the public eye once coal extraction has ceased. “The environmental community has done a really good job of communicating how destructive mining is—and for good reason, I think,” says Adam Wells, new economy program manager for Appalachian Voices. “However, it’s not that cut and dry.”Wells stresses that the coal economy’s collapse has opened the door to novel discussions about economic alternatives, including those based around former mines. New funding opportunities have also become available for developing abandoned mineland (AML) features, closed before the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. “That funding could really serve as a catalyst to get some innovative economic development projects going that right now are just good ideas,” Wells says.In 2016, Appalachian Voices and partners released a report identifying 14 AML sites in southwest Virginia that could support projects from solar farms to community parks and trail systems. Their work marks a shift in our collective philosophy of how to deal with former mines, viewing them as less of a permanent liability and more as an opportunity for growth.One of the sites identified in Appalachian Voices’ report is the Norton Riverwalk, a planned trail along the Guest River that will link downtown Norton, Va. to neighborhoods on the city’s eastern end. The project would rehabilitate a decommissioned coal loading site and connect it to a popular multiuse path running along a former mine highwall, which was transformed into a gateway for the city in 2014.Norton’s City Manager, Fred Ramey, believes that the Riverwalk is “perfect” for creating dual environmental and community benefits. “It’s a win-win scenario that will remediate environmental concerns, transform portions of the area into outdoor classrooms, and provide more recreational opportunities,” Ramey says.Nearby, the town of Haysi, Va., is creating a multiuse trail to connect its downtown to Breaks Interstate Park. A nearby coal waste site presents the opportunity for creating a park that would include a put-in for boaters on the Russell Fork.The town of St. Paul, Va.—which hosts a 100-mile trail system built partially on a former surface mine that caters to both ATVs and non-motorized users—has become a model for revitalizing coal economies. Private investment poured into town following the trail system’s 2013 opening, with new businesses catering to visitors and a $7.3 million project renovating a downtown building into a boutique hotel that will open this year.Redeveloping former mines is slow work, and each site comes with a unique set of complex—and expensive—environmental issues. “It’s not hard to look at a reclaimed mountaintop removal site and envision a field of solar panels,” Wells says, “but it’s a little trickier to think about smaller-scale ways to turn these liabilities into assets.” Regardless, a former mine can still hold surprises.Earlier this year, I accompanied Kyle Hill to the mine on Dale Ridge. We arrived just in time to flush a pair of wood ducks that had arrived for the season in one of the mine’s settling ponds. Hill has inventoried almost 15 waterfowl species there this year, including several not previously recorded in this corner of the state.It can be daunting to imagine the site being a haven for birdwatchers or outdoor enthusiasts, but as we stood in the middle of the mine, the ducks caught our eye. Instead of leaving, they flew in a long arc around the fringes of the mine and settled back in the pond once we’d moved on. For them, this was already home.last_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown was arrested Wednesday for allegedly covering up that a paving project he ordered had violated New York State regulations, authorities said.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to felony charges of tampering with public records, falsisying business records and offering a false instrument for filing as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work. The contractor was identified as Selden-based Suffolk Asphalt Corporation.“State Department of Transportation construction standards dictate asphalt must not be applied to a road surface in freezing temperatures, and in fact, the town’s own engineer has said repaving in freezing weather would result in the asphalt falling apart,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  “The repaving of a residential street doesn’t happen that often and when it does, residents are paying for a job done correctly, not a faulty repaving that will soon need pothole repair work.”Jorgensen allegedly stole the work order for the improper repaving and took the official documents home, where investigators found the records in his bedroom, under his bed, in his house on Hope Place, authorities said.Jorgensen’s Hauppauge-based attorney, Anthony La Pinta, maintained his client’s innocence.Jorgensen, who worked for the Smithtown highway department for 37 years, was elected in 2009 to lead a staff of 140 employees tasked with snow removal as well as paving, drainage and other maintenance of more than 450 miles of roads and curbs in the town. The department has a $30 million annual budget. He was re-elected two years ago.last_img read more

Xavi furious with Abidal after denying Barcelona offer

first_imgBarcelona sports director, Eric Abidal, has upset Xavi over claims regarding the Al Sadd coach. Xaviled Al-Sadd to a victory and a narrow defeat at the Club World Cup in Doha in December Speaking with Sport this week, Abidal insists there was never an offer made to Xavi about replacing Ernesto Valverde over the New Year. Cadena Ser says Xavi is upset with Abidal’s comments, insisting Barca did he indeed make an offer – which he turned down. For the moment, however, he is keeping his own counsel on the issue.Advertisement Loading… Abidal said earlier this week: “We did not make an Xavi offer. If he has received an offer from us, just show it to me. I have never seen it. “We did talk. At the first meeting we had with him, Xavi listened. He had to present his ideas to us at the second meeting. Read Also:Xavi: why I turned down Barcelona “What has come out about those encounters in the media has more to do with politics than with sport. And I am not concerned with politics, I only talk about football. I am interested in the way a trainer works. But the things that came out were about completely different things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know About10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!last_img read more