TechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
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 things were 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, BOOOOOOM! 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.
TechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
I know this one off the top of my head, it means, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. I think you know what that means, in fact you could be put in stocks and have a sign around your neck that said, "FUCK".
Also adulters were treated similiarly but indians would slit the nostrals of wives that cheated.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
I heard this, but I wonder if it's true. Could be, but I doubt it. Might be on snoops even. But here goes...I can't recall the timeframe, but I'm thinking the 15th Century. Peasants of many kingdoms were not allowed to bear children unless it was approved by the Royalty. Apparently, this was a result of limited resources and disease. People would be arrested if caught having sex without permission. If a couple got permission, a sign was hung on their door so guards would not arrest them if caught. The sign said F.U.C.K. which stoof for 'Fornicating Under Consent of King"