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Do Golf and Manure Have Something in Common?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Hope you are having a great year on the golf course!
I came across this interesting story today about a golf term and wanted to share it with you.
Hope it puts a smile on your face!

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship. It was before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were common.

Manure 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.

Methan began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern,

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 Transport” on them. This 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 Transport), which came 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!

I hate to be a ‘S.h.i.t disturber’, but remember this information is a work of fiction and is for your entertainment only!

Wishing you a great day on the golf course!
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