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lethal tupperwa
01-29-2003, 21:03
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.

David_G17
01-29-2003, 22:52
that's not really true, is it?

emill911
01-29-2003, 22:56
learn something new every day!!!

gwalchmai
01-30-2003, 09:03
Originally posted by David_G17
that's not really true, is it? You can't put it on the Internet if it's not true... ;Q