In the world of The Onion, nothing is sacred, not even early century death tolls caused by hard labor.
In this hilarious and depressing look back in time, the Internet’s most “no he didn’t” website tackles the opening of the 1914 Panama Canal, lamenting that it “went over budget by 10,000 dead laborers.”
Now’s your chance to LOL.
It also suggests that lessons were learned from the mismanagement of resources resulting in better performance on future construction projects such as the Hoover Dam which came in on budget… with 1,000,000 dead laborers.
Though they’re joking, The Onion has their history right here: The Hoover Dam was one of the early examples of a successful Project Labor Agreement (PLA).