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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by BRGII, Jul 8, 2009.

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  1. BRGII

    BRGII TS Member

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    Manure... An interesting fact (one I sure you really needed to know!) LOL


    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 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
     
  2. 700X-user

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    BRG,

    Do you know why it is called "GOLF"?


    All of the other 4 letter words were already taken!

    Ed
     
  3. omgb

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    That can't be correct. the word is of Germanic/Teutonic origin. Schist is the German spelling I think. Any way, the word existed in Germany and Saxony before the first century so the explanation of its origin must be different from "ship high in transport"
     
  4. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to burst your, methane, bubble but this false story has been circulating arounf the internet for many years. Check out the Snopes.com url listed
     
  5. BRGII

    BRGII TS Member

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    Damn, I thought I was passing on the straight skinny, oh well such is life. R
     
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