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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:39 pm 
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Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship, and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers. So, large shipments of manure were quite common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form, it weighed a lot less than when wet. But, once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas, of course. 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 instruction: "Stow high in transit" on them, which indicated to 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" (Stow High In Transit), 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 had always thought it was a "GOLF TERM"...


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RJRJRJ wrote:
Wikipedia disagrees with you.



:lol: :lol: I always thought they were talking S.H.I.T :wink:


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