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  1. PeterS

    PeterS Three Time F1 World Champ
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    SHIPPING MANURE

    Exciting Historical information you need to know about shipping Manure:

    In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship. 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 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," 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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    This piece of trivia reminded me of the origin of the word POSH. At the turn of the century when the rich traveled to Europe, they paid an additianal fare to have the shade in the morning and the sunset in the evening for their quarters on the ship. When paid, they would have POSH stamped on their ticket, meaning Portside Out, Starboard Home.
     
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    see i love this place, just for fun little moments like this!
     
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    Thats actually really interesting.
     
  6. PeterS

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    ain't ya glad to have me here for this useless crap!
     
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