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Posted: 11/23/2003 6:06:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/24/2003 4:20:18 AM EDT by QUIB]
Thought I'd edumacate some of youz fellaws!


In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by
ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so
large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than
when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became 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 term "Ship 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 ," (Ship High In Transport) 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 always thought it was a golf term.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:07:40 PM EDT
I am enlightened.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:09:50 PM EDT
Thanks. I'll sleep better tonight.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:10:34 PM EDT
I knew that one, but thanks for enlightening the rest of the crew
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:19:08 PM EDT
So what they said on South Park was wrong? Say it ain't so. Did anyone else catch the "shit" episoide of South Park? The whole thing about a "word of curse", that was a good one. This was an interesting read, thanks for posting it. It was really the SHIT. LOL
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:23:59 PM EDT
I thought it was "Ship High In Transit?" Same thing, I suppose.

When I got the e-mail on this a long time ago, it started off with "I always thought this was just a golfing term!"
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 6:25:30 PM EDT
Personally, I think you're full of shit.
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:01:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/23/2003 9:02:49 PM EDT by Northern_Winter]
If they carried manure "high in transit" as you say, they must have carried something much heavier below it in the holds in order to stay upright. How much does a S.H.I.T.load of manure weigh anyway? - Nw -
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:06:14 PM EDT
SO what's this do to SHTF? Damnit, do i need another contingency?
Link Posted: 11/23/2003 9:09:28 PM EDT
mmmmmmmmmmk
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:24:31 AM EDT
Ok, seems I don't know shit about shit and passed on some bullshit! I received this link per email about SHIT, so if ya wanna get yer shit together about the true meaning of shit, then check out the link. Sorry guys,I stand corrected! [url]http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:16:41 AM EDT
My dad told me this one last year. It was always "Store high in transit" though. I guess it doesnt make a difference. Explains a bunch though. What i wanna know is where jive sheeeiittt comes from.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 7:40:35 AM EDT
Then why do they spell it with an 'e' on the end? I call bull-shite [:D] Here's someone elses theory... shit (v.) - O.E. scitan, from P.Gmc. *skit-, from PIE *skheid- "split, divide, separate." Related to shed (v.) on the notion of "separation" from the body (cf. L. excrementum, from excernere "to separate"). The noun is O.E. [b]scitte[/b] "purging;" sense of "excrement" dates from 1585, from the verb. Extensive slang usage; meaning "to lie" is from 1934; that of "to disrespect" is from 1903; used for "obnoxious person" since at least 1508. Shat is a humorous past tense form, not etymological, from 18c. Shit-faced "drunk" is 1960s student slang; shit list is from 1942. [url]http://www.etymonline.com/s5etym.htm[/url]
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