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Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by lethal tupperwa, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

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    Subject: Ship High In Transit


    This is interesting s_ _ _t.

    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. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    that's not really true, is it?
     

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    learn something new every day!!!
     
  4. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    You can't put it on the Internet if it's not true... ;Q
     
  5. DAKA

    DAKA

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    So if we read it on the INTERNET especially on GT it MUST be true, (sounds reasonable to me)
     
  6. taffbanjo

    taffbanjo The Limey

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    And to me!