Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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 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.

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.

Hat tip: Frank of Foxxftrre's Honk'n'Holl'r

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22 comments :

  1. Believe it or not, I did know where SHIT came from - my teen told me :)

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  2. And it gets piled higher and higher! Good history lesson.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  3. laughing out loud! golf term! good one!!!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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  4. You learn something new everyday!!!!


    It does tend to pile up quite high lately. Wonder how the term hitting the fan started then? Were there fans on the boats?? lol.

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  5. Sure glad to know where that wonderful word came from. It sure is easy to use the word.
    Take care Sandee and big hugs to Little Bit.

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  6. Such learning on this blog...thanks

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  7. I learn more useful shit at this site.

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  8. you mean it really isn't a golf term? LOL! Those methanes are crazy, I tell ya. Crazy!

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  9. Wow! You learn something every day!

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  10. Thanks for that little tid bit of knowledge. Have a great day.

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  11. Holy shit! I learn something new every day.

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  12. Oh, a history lesson. Excellent! hahaha!

    It's a dreary day here. Can't complain since we had so many gorgeous days all in a row, but still. Not a good day for riding Elvira. Bugger. Gracie is staying all curled up to ward off the chill. Bless her heart.

    Have yourself a YAYful day. big hugs xoxo

    Have a lovely day! big hugs xoxo

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  13. Lmao although i know where mine comes from ;-)

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  14. Finally the answer we've all been waiting on for so many years. Holy Cow! As a footnote I would add that Tobacco Smokers in early America were partly the cause of the importation of Peruvian Guano which led to those early ship explosions on the high seas. The guano was needed in growing tobacco.

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  15. I have learnt something new today Sandee!:) Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.

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  16. I appreciate the high standard of educational content I find here. I wasn't aware that it wasn't a golf term either Sandee.

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  17. well I did not know that about shit.

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  18. I'm glad this isn't smell-o-vision.

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  19. So now, I have been to know about the S.H.I.T ,hehehe

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  20. My apologies Sadee,

    I didn't mean to turn your readers into a bunch of "POTTY MOUTHS" tsk tsk :)

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  21. Actually, your historical entry AND the golf analogy are correct. One entremanure aboard such a ship leaving Scotland in the early 17th Century had been toying with a game he'd learned at St. Andrews, and he brought his accouterments with him. And down deep in the hold, while practicing his hobby, he took up a divot with a wedge, and water poured in to mix with the cargo...perhaps the first time that a heart-felt exclamation of "SH**!" took place in the game of golf...as the blown-afart ship was sinking...*ducking boos and throwd stuff..*

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  22. I did not know that. The things you learn on the internet.

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