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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 5:19 AM
Subject: Fw: Fwd: How S.H.I.T. Happened ?
An interesting fact
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
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.
began to build up below decks and the first time
someone came below at night with a lantern,
Several ships were destroyed in this
manner before it was determined just what was
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.
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.
had always thought it was a golf term.