The Daily: May 11

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Tradition of laying flowers on graves as old as mankind
New research has found fossilised pollen on the site of a Stone Age burial, suggesting that we have been laying flowers at graves since the start of mankind. Archaeologists investigating the El Mirón cave in Cantabria, Spain discovered the remains of flowers at a decorative tomb, the resting place of a Stone Age woman known as the Red Lady. Red Lady is said to be aged between 35 and 40, resting in a unique burial site that is one of the few surviving Palaeolithic tombs of its kind. The tomb dates back more than 16,000 years to a time of a retreating ice age, where flowers would have been a welcome edition to an otherwise sterile environment. Although the small white and yellow flowers would not be considered colourful by today's standards, they reflect a touching and seemingly ancient tradition.

Recovered My Fair Lady songs to be performed after more than 60 years
Songs dropped from the first Broadway performance of My Fair Lady have been found, with plans to perform them after almost six decades unheard. The original scores were discovered by academic Dominic McHugh by chance in the United States Library of Congress, after many believed them to be lost forever. McHugh is a lecturer in musicology at the University of Sheffield, where students will perform the lost scores on May 19. The songs, performed to small audiences but then dropped before the Broadway show, were cut either for their length or because they weren't thought to reflect the character of Eliza Doolittle. Some of the songs' omission is in fact significant, given Say a Prayer for Me Tonight features the lines "Say a prayer that he'll discover/I'm his lover/ For now and evermore.", placing the much speculated romance between Eliza and Professor Higgins in a new light.

Traditional habits that have ceased in modern Britain
Studies have shown that in the modern age of convenience and time-saving, old habits of car washing, tea from a pot and paper maps are on the decline. Weekend rituals such as family walks and drives in the country are also reportedly uncommon, but many have highlighted the downside of letting such pleasant pastimes go. Relying on sat nav and google maps on our phones can not only take the fun out of exploring a new place but can lead to peril; as two American tourists discovered when they were rescued from a Welsh beach after following a route said to go through the sea. Countries walks and a bit of muck also hold numerous health benefits, with researchers at Cambridge University endorsing the widely held belief that exposure to dirt boosts children's immune system and protects against allergies.

Fake Shakespeare play 'Double Falsehood' is the work of the Bard after all
The much contested penmanship of 'Double Falsehood' has at last been awarded to William Shakespeare himself after new research by the University of Texas. The play, published by Lewis Theobald in 1728, holds many Shakespearean themes within its Spanish setting, such as women disguised as men, tragic comedy and romantic intrigue. For much of the 18th and 19th centuries Theobald's claims that the play was originally Shakespeare's were disregarded, yet recent scholars have now decided to investigate further. American researchers deeply scrutinised the work after Professor Brean Hammond of Nottingham University reignited the debate in 2010 with his published version of the play, which he credits to Shakespeare. Researchers analysed linguistic patterns and Shakespearean forms to arrive at the surprise conclusion that the work can be "strongly identified" as the playwright's own.

UK's most active pensioners revealed
Pensioners have been competing to take the prize of UK's most Over Active Pensioner and sharing some extraordinary stories across the way. One of the five over 60s shortlisted for the title is Jane from Ingleton, north Yorkshire, who has scaled some of the Himalaya's most challenging peaks since taking up high altitude trekking at the age of 56. Karrie Fox from Cornwall is also a shining example of age being just a number, becoming the first woman over 60 to take part in the Cornish Triathlon Series as well as cycling over 1,000 miles a day in her latest John O'Groats to Land's End challenge. One of the most daring shortlisted is 'supergran' Linda Beesley, who hasn't let her recent knee operation get in the way of daily abseiling, go-karting and scaling Sydney Harbour Bridge.