[Northkeep] Well.... shi@!

Melissa Long Blevins hlecalais at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 18 20:36:22 PDT 2012

  That is awesome!


If ifs and buts were candy and nuts,we would all have a Merry Christmas!
Dr. Sheldon L. Cooper

 From: Montega <montega at gmail.com>
To: The Barony of Northkeep <northkeep at ansteorra.org> 
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 9:18 PM
Subject: [Northkeep] Well.... shi@!
*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...

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