Monday, September 3, 2007

Wonders of the World

7 new Wonders to match the 7 original wonders. A private group conducted a global poll. People voted, American Idol style. It seems a little interesting as it reflects opinions on such things. As much as I worship Jesus Christ, the statue in Rio hardly ranks as humanities greatest accomplishments. Other entrants were similar. So many for Latin America, so many for the Middle Ease, and so on.

Here is the newest list. This is from the National Geographic.

  • Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Great Wall of China
  • The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Chichén Itzá, Mexico
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
  • The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece
  • The Lighthouse of Alexandra, Egypt
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
  • The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Turkey
  • The Temple of Artemis, Turkey

Just wonder why the Voyager* didn’t make it. Imagine standing in New York and hitting a golf ball to a hole in Los Angeles and scoring a hole-in-one. That was Voyager. One can think of a number of fantastic things mankind has accomplished in recent centuries.
As for the original wonders of the ancients, for the technology of their day, they really were Wonders of the World. The Colossus of Rhodes is an excellent example.


* Voyager is the name of the spacecraft that flew by the outer planets and eventually left the solar system entirely.