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Manure...A True Story

Manure: 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, not only did it become 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.


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Added: Sep-8-2007 
By: sixxxshooter
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Tags: FUNNY, sixxxshooter, Manure, SHIT, Boom!, Ships, Shipment
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  • i got an e-mail with that story, but i dunno if i believe it. whatever...

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  • a_libertarian: "Lol I didn't know that.

    In the picture we see the off loading off a shipment from the left wing of the U.S. Congress."
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

    hehehehehehehe

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  • That is a load of
    C - an't
    R - ecognize
    A - s
    P - ossible

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  • I did not know that. Holy Ship High In Transit!

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  • False etymology

    An urban legend has arisen to explain the word as an acronym (similar to the false etymology of the word "fuck"). As the story goes, the word can be traced back to merchant sailing vessels from the 17th to 19th century. Supposedly, bales of dry manure were once transported in the holds of these ships. If the bales were stored low enough, they would come into contact with water that inevitably leaked into the bilge. The water would then cause the manure to decompose, More..

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  • This would make a great episode for Myth Buster Fans!

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  • davidl9999: "That is a load of
    C - an't
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    P - ossible"
    lol

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  • BUSTED!
    http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/22/messages/984.html

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  • humf: "Damn you "sixxxshooter"
    beat me by 3 minutes - LOL

    "
    I know, well its an urban legend really. But I thought it was funny :)

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  • I submitted this urban legend for an episode on
    Myth Busters, one of my favorite shows, that and
    Dirty Jobs!

    This would make a great episode! Why you ask? It
    gives them another excuse to blow something up
    LOL

    http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/
    9551919888

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  • Hold your tongue firmly between your fingers and say, "I was born on a pirate ship."

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  • davidl9999: "That is a load of
    C - an't
    R - ecognize
    A - s
    P - ossible"
    lame

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  • SHIT IS NOT AN ACRONYM IT COMES FROM DUTCH GERMAN OR LATIN

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  • http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/shit.asp

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  • Germans say "shy-za" for shit.

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  • This is not true. It's an old wives tale. Just Wikipedia
    the subject and you can read all about it. This user should have researched this first before putting wrong
    information on line,

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