In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything for export had to be transported by ship. It was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common. It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet.
Once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become 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, BOOM!
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 instruction: 'Stow 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.
The instruction was naturally shortened to the stamp ' S.H.I.T ', (Stow High In Transit)
So its really not a swear word, but 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 golfing term.
If you've heard this before, it's still a good story. With all the crap happening right now, a laugh doesn't hurt. You're welcome.
I wished my Mom a Happy Pi Day.
She responded with homemade coconut creme.
I love Pie Day!
There's a "pandemic within the pandemic" overlooked here on DU. Trans Youth - especially Black Trans Women - are now doing the heavy lifting and paying the price.
You want to celebrate Women's Day?* Then read This:
*as we most certainly should - adore Shaking The Tree btw)
On Netflix, and speaks to the power of Article XIV a.k.a. the 14th Amendment. The very first time the word "EQUAL" is written into our Constitution.
If you want to get fired-up about the Blue Tsunami (which is here btw), then absorb every moment of this series, and why so much is riding on the Voting Rights and Equality Act bills now approaching the Senate.
The waiting is over. It is well past time to turn NO into NOW!
Bionic Spotlights? Alien Tape? Manly Bands?
I confess to being a bit dazed and confused. Seriously, WTF? Anyone actually buying, or literally buying this stuff?