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Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Tipacanoe, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. Tipacanoe

    Tipacanoe Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2001
    Exciting Historical information you need to know about shipping manure:

    In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship.
    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," 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
    always thought it was a golf term.

  2. xgerryx


    May 16, 2003
    I thought it was a word skydivers used when their parachutes failed.
  3. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    Very informative tipacanoe, but I have to say that that story was one load of s**t!

    Sorry pal! I couldn't resist! :rolleyes:

  4. Big-K


    Nov 22, 2003
    And to think all these years ive been believing the theory of 'cursed curse words'...
  5. AlbertB


    Nov 24, 2002
    Sorry to be the one to debunk a good story but:

    Well that is interesting. It would appear that saying "sh1t" entered the English language at a specifiable time from outside, whereas speaking "sh1t" has always been a common part of American! ;)

    Incidentally it shows the greater accuracy of the north of England dialects as we almost always speak of sh1te not sh1t, (as in white not wit :D)!
  6. GreenIs


    Feb 17, 2001
    LOL @ Albert

    That was very interesting and something I did not know, and a word a use too often. :eek: :D
  7. Gibble


    Oct 9, 2001
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