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Discussion in 'Sound Off' started by ShoreBoundOne, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Origins of words always intrigue me....this is the latest tidbit of word history i just picked up and thought i would share.

    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.

    In case you didnt catch it...think of a acronym used frequently today.;)

  2. :D Useless , but interesting.;)

  3. Words to Live By

    Always remember that hay is the 1st stage of horsechit, and whenever someone yells out hey this is always my reply. :D
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