In his Facebook note, Asser started by quoting Suez Canal revenues in August 2008:
One of the main headlines that I read on a monthly basis is that the revenues of
Suez Canal broke a new record. Yes, it happened on a monthly basis for at least
the whole past year. The revenues never decrease, and the Suez Canal tolls for
those of you who don't know are collected in US dollars, which is equal nowadays
to approximately 5.4 Egyptian pounds.
After the Doweika catastrophe,
where at least six hundred people were buried alive under the rubble of Moqattam
hill, Asser decided to calculate how much time does it take Suez Canal to earn
the one million pounds.