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    Lee RideFar Array elevation's Avatar
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    You learn something new every day

    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., Of course once (sea) water 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 just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit", 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 Transport) 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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    Registered User Array Ciebien's Avatar
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    wow.. completely pointless, but yet fascinating at the same time.
    so mr genius... where did our other favorite words come from?

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    Crotch Rocket Scientist Array penumbra604's Avatar
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    you can unlearn something every day too - that's why god invented beer....

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    bet you didn't know that either...
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    You are crazy weird for posting this!
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    Lee, Would it be safe to assume that when you don't have a bike to ride, you get really, really bored???

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