Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The New Seven Wonders of the World

The original Seven Wonders of the World, as recommended by tourist guides of the classical era such as Antipater of Sidon and Philon of Byzantium, were the must-see architectural and artistic masterpieces of their day such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Of these, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand today.

Since then, we've had the Seven Wonders of the Modern World (which include the Great Wall, the Taj Mahal, and the Grand Canyon), the Seven Wonders of the Engineering World (Empire State Building, Panama Canal...etc), the Seven Wonders of the Natural World (Mt Everest, Great Barrier Reef...etc), the Seven Wonders of the Undersea World... ad nauseum.

But what should be the definitive Seven Wonders of the World? The New Seven Wonders Foundation has come up with a shortlist, and wants you to vote, with the final seven to be announced 1st Jan 2007. The n7w, however, want you to vote by phone, with proceeds going towards heritage protection, which is what the foundation's all about to begin with.

Hmm... Cure For Cancer and SETI aren't listed. Oh, wait, those are Wonders in Freeciv. Nuts.

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