Your Manure Lesson for the Day PG-13

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by walking dude, May 30, 2008.

  1. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    You learn something everyday...here's your lesson:

    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, 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 of 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.
     
  2. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great trivia wd!
     
  3. zzerru

    zzerru Meat Mopper

  4. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey, Ship High In Transport happens. Sounded good to me.
     

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