Interesting political/historical tidbit from the WSJ today, in a story about the plans (hopes?) to build a wider and deeper interoceanic canal in Central America:
In 1902, Nicaragua missed out when the proponent for the rival Panama project sent U.S. senators a stamp showing Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano spouting smoke. Spooked senators cast their vote for Panama.
Funny how big decisions can turn on such small things. For want of a nail &etc.