Monday, February 07, 2011

Very important message!

Now this is serious -- pay attention.

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 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 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...


Arkansas Patti said...

OK, I did not know that. We learn every day.

Rosy said...

So now I know that S.H.I.T. isn't really a cuss word after-all and how it had come to be. Interesting indeed.

Anonymous said...

Some pretty amazing stories. I never heart this one before.

ChrisJ said...

I know my education wouldn't be complete without all this information. But I wonder when I could use it? Still, very interesting.

Margaret Cloud said...

Now that is very clever.