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NewTime
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06 Apr 2019, 6:43 pm

They were shipping boxes full of manure on ships. They wrote "ships high in transit" on the boxes. They started abbreviating that to "s. h. i. t." and then came the word "s**t". :lol:

Oh, and people onboard the ship used to go back to the deck at the stern of the ship to relieve themselves and so it got the name "poop deck". :lol:



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06 Apr 2019, 9:05 pm

NewTime wrote:
They were shipping boxes full of manure on ships. They wrote "ships high in transit" on the boxes. They started abbreviating that to "s. h. i. t." and then came the word "s**t".
FALSE. This sorry piece of codswallop about exploding ships appears to have begun its Internet life in February 2002, and you fell for it!. Source: This Snopes Article.
NewTime wrote:
Oh, and people onboard the ship used to go back to the deck at the stern of the ship to relieve themselves and so it got the name "poop deck".
FALSE. Actually, the term "Poop Deck" come to us from the Romans, who would often place images (pupae) of their gods inside special shrines in certain areas of their ships. Located at the stern, this short deck takes its name from the Latin word puppis – which means after deck or rear. Guns were rarely carried on this deck. It was mainly used as a viewpoint and signalling platform. The poop deck also gave protection to the men at the wheel and provided a roof for the captain's cabin. The ropes controlling the yards (spars) and sails of the main and mizzen masts were operated from the poop deck."


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