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Manure...an interesting fact.


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#1 Maxwell

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:35 AM

          In the  16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be  transported by ship. 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. 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) ,............. "So it's really not a swear word"
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 golfing term.


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Edited by Maxwell, 20 October 2017 - 11:36 AM.

"One Day At a Time"

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#2 llamont

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:42 AM

That's funny but there's info out there that dispels that claim.  In any event if the word fits...  ;-)

Edited by llamont, 20 October 2017 - 11:46 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:17 PM

"Horse manure's not that bad. I don't even mind the word manure. It's newer, which is good, and a ma in front of it. Ma-Newer. When you consider the other choices, manure is actually pretty refreshing."



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Edited by bscinstnct, 20 October 2017 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:25 PM

wonder how many poor sailors lost their unworthy lives before that was figured out .
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:08 PM

I thought his was a thread about manu, and in a way, it is ��

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:50 PM

Hate to be that guy, but font was too annoying...couldn’t do it. :dntknw:
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