The Suez Canal is one of the most important trade routes in the entire world. It connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, moving from Northeastern Egypt. Without it, trade ships would have to travel 15,000 miles to go around Africa, which would make shipping goods across the world near impossible. About 30% of all global container traffic passes through the Suez each year.

However, because of an extraordinarily bizarre incident that occurred on March 23, the Suez Canal has been blocked.

A massive 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide ship called the Ever Given — which is about the length of the Empire State Building — had gotten stuck in the canal.

Not only that, but prior to getting stuck in the canal, the Ever Given’s boat path actually formed the shape of a penis.


Yes, that really happened. You can’t make this up.

Malice, a Joke, or Incompetence?

A time-lapse video of the GPS location of the Ever Given really shows that the ship’s movements drew up a penis in the water. This time-lapse video is now all over Twitter and YouTube, and it has people wondering whether the ship captain may have been drunk or may have purposely done all of this as a joke.

In fact, not only does the path draw up a penis, but it then goes on to draw up a butt right in front of the penis.

Seriously.

This situation is so absurd that apparently anything is possible, but there’s no indication yet that the penis path was traversed deliberately. It also seems that the Ever Given improperly cut ahead of another ship, the Denver, while racing into the canal.


As hilarious as all of this is, however, the damage done by this incident to global trade is no laughing matter. It’s estimated that blocking the Suez is costing the world economy as much as $400 million per hour.

To dig the ship out, an incredible 706,000 cubic feet of sand will need to be dredged out. This will take days, even if everyone works at a breakneck pace.

It is estimated that the ship can only be dislodged by Monday, March 29, at the very earliest. It may well take even longer.