We're never too old to learn!

Discussion in 'Funny Emails, Jokes, SMS's, Videos' started by atti2d, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. atti2d

    atti2d New Member

    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, KABOOM! Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening. After that, and for insurance purposes, 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 Transit) 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 had always thought it was a golf term!!!
  2. moniquebliss

    moniquebliss New Member

  3. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    And what is a "golf term"?

    The word is likely derived from Old English, having the nouns scite (dung, attested only in place names) and scitte (diarrhoea), and the verb scītan (to defecate, attested only in bescītan, to cover with excrement); eventually it morphed into Middle English schītte (excrement), schyt (diarrhoea) and shiten (to defecate), and it is virtually certain that it was used in some form by preliterate Germanic tribes at the time of the Roman Empire.

    The word may be further traced to Proto-Germanic *skit-, and ultimately to Proto-Indo-European *skheid- "cut, separate", the same root believed to have become the word shed. The word has several cognates in modern Germanic languages, such as German Scheiße, Dutch schijt, Swedish skit, Icelandic skítur, Norwegian skitt etc. Ancient Greek had 'skor' (gen. 'skatos' hence 'scato-'), from Proto-Indo-European *sker-, which is likely unrelated.[2]

    This looks more plausible than the Ship high in transit story which appears to be more of a cock and bull shared among golf players while they "play"
  4. moniquebliss

    moniquebliss New Member

  5. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    wh00ps, actually I didn't!
    I guess I never see the forum, sub-forum ... and thus such :facepalm:

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