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Postby slowkidz » Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:17 am

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 byproduct 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," 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. Always thought it was a golf term.
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Postby Guttpuppy » Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:26 am

Wonder if that has something to do with poopdeck too?
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Postby Arlo » Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:31 am

Ain't buyin' that... :-)

(Nice story, though)
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Postby Guttpuppy » Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:35 am

I don't know where the word came from Arlo but I refuse to go look it up!!! :-B
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Postby fntsyrookie » Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:41 am

LOL!! I know for a fact that it is a golf term. May not have originated that way, but the golf community has definitely adopted it as such.
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Postby Indy Dragons » Thu Mar 13, 2003 12:35 pm

I would believe the story, because I have no other idea!
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Postby Homeless » Thu Mar 13, 2003 12:37 pm

fntsyrookie wrote:LOL!! I know for a fact that it is a golf term. May not have originated that way, but the golf community has definitely adopted it as such.


Haha rookie, thats right !
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Postby JayM09 » Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:34 pm

yes, that is a very common golf term ;-D
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Postby terpfan » Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:46 pm

lol i dont buy it either...
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Postby Slingblade » Thu Mar 13, 2003 4:45 pm

in golf shit is used more than any other word...well except...mother fuc....
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