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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, BOOM!

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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RevDocLove

Mar 31 @ 9:09PM  
Damn, Hog..Thanks for the history lesson
Makes sense to me
sugarnspice005

Mar 31 @ 9:12PM  
Well, that was a "shitty" lesson.

PinkToeNails

Mar 31 @ 10:01PM  
Oh shit!

Pretty funny!
KitKat25

Mar 31 @ 10:34PM  
What a load of shit!
StraddleMyNose

online now!
Apr 1 @ 12:10AM  
Well, that was a "shitty" lesson.

Oh shit!

What a load of shit!

I'll just add a holy shit at this time.....

pinklipstick2

Apr 1 @ 6:34AM  
funny wonders if thays where we get the shit going to fly

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What you never knew about manure!