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    Tobey is offline Retired IRON CHEF Mod
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    History Lesson from IC - " Shipp High in Transit"

    Subject: Ship High In Transit:

    Ok guys and gals here is a little trivia from ol' IC that just might win that next jeoporady question for ya.

    It may be true may not be .........who knows....................

    Ship High In Transit:

    In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship.

    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


    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," which has come down through the centuries

    and is in use to this very day.

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    arthurb999 is offline Anabolic Member
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    I'll buy that...

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    LOL that sounds like Pete's explanation of the middle finger.

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