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want to see this on Jeopardy.


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 what caused the
explosions.

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.
 

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You always wonder where sware words come from well thats a good explanation of that one !!!!
 

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Holy cow! You sure do find the strangest things sometimes Donna, but thanks for sharing with us, if nothing else I know I can always get a good laugh from some of the things you find.
 

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People keep sending me stuff like this,and the best ones I like to share with everyone.


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Yeah she always gets the good ones.
 
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