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Starman
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  08:08:16  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
http://cms.n7w.com/
quote:
This website offers you the opportunity to participate in the first-ever global vote to elect the New 7 Wonders of the World. This vote will culminate with a live, worldwide, telecast on January 1 2007 to announce the New 7 Wonders of the World.
The 21 finalists are:
  1. Acropolis, Athens
  2. Alhambra, Granada
  3. Angkor, Cambodia
  4. ChichenItza, Yucatan
  5. Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
  6. Colosseum, Rome
  7. Easter Island Statues
  8. Eiffel Tower, Paris
  9. Great Wall, China
  10. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
  11. Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto
  12. Kremlin/St.Basil, Moscow
  13. Machu Picchu, Peru
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  15. Petra, Jordan
  16. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  17. Statue of Liberty, NY
  18. Stonehenge, Amesbury UK
  19. Sydney Opera House, Australia
  20. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  21. Timbuktu, Mali

Definitely on my list:
  • Angkor, Cambodia
  • Great Wall, China
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Definitely off my list:
  • Stonehenge & Easter Island Statues - Just people with too much time on their hands.
  • Kyomizu Temple - Been there. Its nice but no wonder.
  • Christ Redeemer, Sydney Opera, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower - Nah... no wonders here.
What do you think?

Hawks
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  16:44:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message
I agree with you Starman. I fail to see why Sydneys opera house, the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty should be considered to be more "wonderous" than Taipei 101 or the Sears tower. They're just modern buildings with a bit of artistic flair. In this list, there are two I would like to see - Machu Pichu and the Great wall. Saying that, I'm not hugely into buildings, preferring to rest my eyes upon places of natural beauty. In fact, my top 7 list of wonders would all be "natural" (creationists can still claim that these are designed, I suppose), such as Copper canyon in Mexico or the Galapagos islands.

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I don't get it. Why, when the Great Pyramid at Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, would the pyramids of Giza even be in the running for a new seven wonders?

I'd look for answers at the website, but it doesn't seem to want to come up for me at the moment.

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H. Humbert
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  20:32:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message
Why are Angelina Jolie's lips not on this list? I call shenanigans!


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marfknox
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  21:15:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
I think the Statue of Liberty should be on the list if only because the story of how it came about is so bizarre and because I think it's more unlikely for a nonfunctional statue that large to be built than a grandiose building which also has a practical function.

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Starman
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  23:25:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dave W.

I don't get it. Why, when the Great Pyramid at Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, would the pyramids of Giza even be in the running for a new seven wonders?

I'd look for answers at the website, but it doesn't seem to want to come up for me at the moment.
The Pyramids are the only survivors from the ancient wonders.
It is the list that is new, the wonders can still be old.
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Chippewa
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  03:07:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message
Then there is "Rodina Mat' Zovyot", the enormous Soviet statue of the "Motherland" in Russia, commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad, as well as the "Motherland" monument in Kiev, Ukraine.
These are huge monuments. Gaudy? Theatrical? Yes. But also unforgettable if you experience them in real life.

Click on images to see full size.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodina_Mat

Another one, more serene, is the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto Japan.

Me? I vote for the Effile Tower. (If Audrey Tautou meets me on the observation deck, and we then go to a café for coffee and biscuits.)

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filthy
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Bah! Mere rubble shoveled up into measured heaps, all of it, and most of it taking up space that could be put to better use. Unworthy of consideration. How 'bout instead:

Hubble telescope

Darwin's theory of evolution

Einstein's theory of relativity

Voyager probe -- no longer in the world, but so what? It's still of it.

Cassini probe -- same deal.

The Archeoraptor fossil(s)

The nylon bug

A T. rex named Sue

The cave paintings in France (forgotten the name of where they were found ).

The Yellowstone caldera

The Clovis point

Organ transplants and stem cell research

Roman aquaducts

The Magna Carta

The Harley Davidson motorcycle, and so forth.





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pleco
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  06:08:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message
I think they should add the Internet.

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Siberia
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  07:31:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by marfknox

I think the Statue of Liberty should be on the list if only because the story of how it came about is so bizarre and because I think it's more unlikely for a nonfunctional statue that large to be built than a grandiose building which also has a practical function.


If the Statue of Liberty is there, then the Christ Redeemer statue must be as well. They have about the same story.

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Siberia
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  07:33:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by pleco

I think they should add the Internet.


I second that!
I fail to any wonder greater than that, excepting, perhaps, Deep Blue.

But my vote falls for:
1. Great Wall.
2. Angkor Wat.
3. Petra.
4. Timbukto.
5. Machu Picchu.
6. Coliseum.
7. Pyramids.

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Edited by - Siberia on 01/04/2006 12:44:35
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Chippewa
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  14:37:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message
Some people might also suggest the recently completed Achievements of George W. Bush Monument.

Diversity, independence, innovation and imagination are progressive concepts ultimately alien to the conservative mind.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Sweden
9677 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2006 :  15:10:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
Of the alternatives listed in the opening post, I agree with Siberia. Those listed by her would also be my pick.

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filthy
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Posted - 01/04/2006 :  15:51:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
Let's add Roy's Rock to the list. There's a piece of architecture that caused a lot of nonsense, and, I have a suspicion, we've yet to hear the last of it.



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Dr. Mabuse
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Posted - 01/05/2006 :  06:53:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message
I'm reminded of all the Wonders of the World one could build while playing Civilization.

The Great Library of Alexandria
Darwin's Voyage
The Manhattan Project
The Apollo Project
Women's Sufferage

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Starman
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Posted - 01/05/2006 :  06:59:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

The Manhattan Project
Somehow I doubt that things like The Manhattan Project are what they are looking for.
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