A Ship, a Flip, a Canal, Suez

I've never been to the Suez Canal (nor the Panama Canal for that matter...and come to think of it I can't offhand name a canal I have been to other than kayaking on the Rideau...

Anyways the only thing I know about the Suez Canal is where it is, the 1956 crisis, and that it's a "V" shaped canal rather than a "U" shaped canal.

For those who don't get the reference.

Well, and what everybody else knows about it this week: that a stuck cargo ship the size of the Empire State Building (which as modern ships go isn't particularly noteworthy) got jammed in it, blocking traffic and causing potential worldwide shipping delays (though it's worth noting that ship traffic from Asia to North America will be generally unaffected)