Where Words Come From

Hands of Stone

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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


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.


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