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Got this off another forum...

 

Manure... An interesting fact Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be transported by ship. 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. 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 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 ' , (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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Originally Posted by DoubleEagle View Post
 

Got this off another forum...

 

Manure... An interesting fact Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be transported by ship. 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. 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 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 ' , (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

 

Now this is some interesting information!  This is a true GEM.. Thanks!

 

p.s. if true of course.

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Now this is some interesting information!  This is a true GEM.. Thanks!

p.s. if true of course.

Unfortunately, not true--> http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.asp

Good story tho. Sounded too close to the etymology of "posh." (Port outbound, starboard home)
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Unfortunately, not true--> http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.asp

Good story tho. Sounded too close to the etymology of "posh." (Port outbound, starboard home)

 

Well.. it is a good thing that I learned early on, never to forward on information to anyone before verifying it..

 

Thanks for the help!  

 

I would have been in deep S.H.I.T passing around wrong information about S.H.I.T

 

:)

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