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WearsTheFire
26th January 2010, 09:10 AM
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In the 16th and 17th centuries large shipments of manure were transported by ship. It was shipped in dry bundles because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet. If water water came in contact with it at sea it became heavier and started the process of fermentation producing the byproduct methane gas. It didn't take long for methane to build up below decks. If someone came below at night with a lantern there would be a disastrous, colossal explosion.

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before somebody figured out what was happening. Once they determined the role manure played in the explosions, everybody began stamping the bundles with the term 'Ship High In Transit' so that the sailors would know to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch the potentially volatile cargo and start the production of methane. Thus evolved the term S.H.I.T of which we so endearingly use frequently today.

Mishell
26th January 2010, 09:50 AM
Nice one. Never would have thought to research that myself. :wink: :lol:

WearsTheFire
26th January 2010, 10:25 AM
It found me. And you... 8)

CFTraveler
26th January 2010, 02:05 PM
I got this as an email years ago.