Nov 8, 2006

S.H.I.T.




I found this rather interesting. It was, believe it or not, on my Dad's website, hahaha!

Manure

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be
transported by ship and it was also before commercial
fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure
were common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a
lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit
it, it not only became heavier, but the process of
fermentation began again, of which a by-product is
methane gas.
As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you
can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to
build up below decks and the first time someone came
below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it
was determined just what was happening.

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped
with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them which
meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the
lower decks so that any water that came into the hold
would not touch this volatile cargo and start the
production of methane.
Thus evolved the term "S.H.I.T." (Ship High In
Transport) which has come down through the centuries
and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this
word.

Neither did I.

I thought it was a golf term.


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