Where did the term "sure as shit" originate? I have googled and googled, and I cannot find a source.
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The emphatic "sure as hell" is in use in the late 19th century and possibly earlier. I did only a quick check.
The Southwestern Reporter: National Reporter System, Volume 46 (1898).
"Sure as shit" would be an analogous formation, which seems to have risen in popularity post World War II.
P.S. See also "sure as heck" which arises in texts the 1930s and "sure as shootin'" which is from the 1840s. These phrases are all very probably in use considerably earlier than their attestations in written texts.