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S.H.I.T.

Though we have often used it, did you ever wonder where the word SHIT comes from? Well here it is...
In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything was transported by ship. This was also long before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were common.
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 "S.H.I.T" on them which meant to the sailors to "Ship High In Transit."
In other words, 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.
16.4.07 16:28
 


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Ryu (16.4.07 18:22)
Hm informativ, erinnert mich zusätzlich irgendwie an die Monty Python "Lehr"-Clips zu den Wörtern Fuck und Spam... Nur irgendwie ernster und so. *alte UO Tastenkombination für "*schmunzelt*" Ctrl + S drück*


Quecksilber (17.4.07 17:52)
wow, ich habs sogar verstanden.... gute erklärung


Matten / Website (19.4.07 23:40)
Mhz, als Schifffahrtskaufmann haette ich das eigentlich wissen muessen.

Aber mittlerweile wird sowas wohl nur noch als Deckladung deklariert....

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