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Old 04-15-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Just in case you ever wondered.


Manure... An interesting fact



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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Old 04-15-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Nice copy & paste... but so not true.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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Nice copy & paste... but so not true.
Why do you say that? Its as likely as any of the other word source stories.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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Why do you say that?
Because that drivel has been passed around the globe for years.

http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/****.asp (broken link)
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Because that drivel has been passed around the globe for years.

http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/****.asp (broken link)
Think you could possibly add just a little more sarcasm or rudenss to your post? I mean we wouldn't want anyone to think you had any courtesty or manners now would we?

It would have been just as easy offer a correction without the attitude.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:57 PM
 
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No sarcasm at all... just the truth.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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true or not I think it is funny. The original I saw had great graphics which didn't come out in the paste. And this explanation is as good as any other.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:38 PM
 
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huh who ever thought **** could be so controversial.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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huh who ever thought **** could be so controversial.

You took the words right out of my mouthBdd!

I hadn't seen this one before but suspected it might be a little too funny to be true. A quick check with Wikipedia fixed that. Thanks for posting it No Kudzu!
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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You took the words right out of my mouthBdd!

I hadn't seen this one before but suspected it might be a little too funny to be true. A quick check with Wikipedia fixed that. Thanks for posting it No Kudzu!
Given the topic of this thread, better words than

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