Today’s Trivia



Today’s Trivia was received via the Tipline:

Panama Hats are from Ecuador — they became known to the world when worn by Ecuadorians working on the Panama Canal.


The Panama Canal runs north-south though it joins the Caribbean Sea in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west.


The Panama Canal was owned and operated by the US until it was handed over to Panama at noon on December 31, 1999.


The centenary of the Panama Canal will be marked by the opening of new locks and passages 25 per cent larger than the current ones.


The budget for enlarging the canal is $US5.5 billion ($5.26 billion).


Ships are already being designed for the New Panamax standards.


No transit through the Panama Canal is free, ever. The cheapest toll was paid by an American adventurer named Richard Halliburton who swam the canal in 1928. His body displacement was calculated, just as it is for a cruise ship, and he was invoiced US36¢.


Source: The Age


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  • Michael

    The Panana Canal zone was the birthplace of Senator John McCain, and of Edward A Murphy (the Murphy of Murphy’s Law)

    • Bunswalla

      Was he not also the Teddy of Teddy Bears?

      And is not John McCain the McCain of “Ah, McCain, you’ve done it again!”?

  • High_Tory

    36 cents …haha funny

  • LabTested

    Recommend Hells Gorge by Mathew Parker. amazing book about the building of the canal

    • GregM

      Yep, I’ve read it, amazing.

  • El Jorge

    My favourite pallindrome:
    A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!