[Northkeep] Well.... shi@!

julie abraham abrahamjm1986 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 20:04:09 PDT 2012

Love it! I cant wait to share!
On Jun 18, 2012 9:18 PM, "Montega" <montega at gmail.com> wrote:

> *Manure  **:   In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be
> transported by ship and 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, of course.  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...
> You're welcome....
> Tega
> *
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