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Old 04-19-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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A friend just send me this and I thought I'd share it:

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 bye-product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can imagine 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.










& nbsp;

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 essentially something to do with POLITICIANS... ....
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you're scitten me!
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learning origins of words/pharses is cool

**** is Fornication Under Consent of the King.

and I like that radar is RAdio Detection And Ranging

two sheets to the wind is fun i used to know some of those weird ones, but i cant remember/care now.


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Aaaahhh! I like learning **** like this.
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you're scitten me!
I never claimed I knew it to be a fact.

I wouldn't do so even in my own language.
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**** is Fornication Under Consent of the King.
yeah, no it isn't.

http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/****.asp

The only fun acronym that's actually true is the San Diego Zoo's monorail, which is called Wgasa.

WGASA = Who Gives A **** Anyway
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Don't forget South Lake Union Transit in Seattle. Think they changed that one though.
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two sheets to the wind is fun i used to know some of those weird ones, but i cant remember/care now.
Normally it is three sheets to the wind and it is when all the sails are being used on a boat. Most of the time it is done on smaller boats and they end up hiking out the side causing anyone who wants to move around to stumble all over the place like a drunk.

And yes, you do care.
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Friends University of Central Kansas

the CK in F.U.C.K. was dropped a few years ago. Now it's just F.U.
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A friend just send me this and I thought I'd share it:

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 bye-product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can imagine 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.










& nbsp;

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 essentially something to do with POLITICIANS... ....
didnt we fight the spanish american war becouse of incidents like that?
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didnt we fight the spanish american war becouse of incidents like that?
lol!

You mean the one we lost?
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