• How did the Panama Canal boost commerce?

  • The Panama Canal allowed for the transportation of straw hats in greater volumes than were previously available, allowing for more people to assume the identity of 'The Man from Delmonte', so cheating greater numbers of gullible Italian and MEXICAN farmers out of their crop of peaches, pineapples and shik. The boost in commerce came to an end, however, when increasing numbers of ships started to be sunk by the MALEVOLENT PSYCHIC POWER of staring camels.