Pop quiz hot shot: can you name the seven wonders of the world? How about the seven wonders of the ancient world? Or of the Medieval world? Or maybe the seven wonders of the natural world? I’m guessing the folks who oversee the “Wonders of the World” committee are guessing no one can name any of the wonders of the world.
Sure, everyone has a vague notion of them from elementary school. Isn’t the Grand Canyon one of them? I think maybe the Roman Colosseum was one of them? It’s fairly taxing on the mind. So the shadowy minds have created a contest in this democratizing internet age for folks the world over to vote for their favorite wonder of the world. The new list is down to 21 finalist after an initial 77 monuments were considered. The winning “Seven New Wonders” will be announced on July 7, 2007. Get it? 7/7/07. Man they are clever.
The finalists includes:
- The Acroplis in Greece
- Hagia Sophia in Turkey
- The Kremlin in Russia
- The Colosseum in Rome
- The Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Neushwanstein Castle in Germany
- Stonehendge in England
- The Alahambra in Spain
- The Great Wall of China
- Sydney Opera House in Australia
- Angkor Wat in Cambodia
- Kyomizu Temple in Japan
- The Taj Mahal in India
- Timbuktu in Mali
- Petra in Jordan
- The Giza Pyramids in Egypt
- The Easter Island Statues in Chile
- Machu Picchu in Peru
- Chichen Itza in Mexico
- The Statue of Liberty in New York City.
At first I was a little skeptical of this supposed contest. I mean the New7Wonders committee seems as shady as the folks who decide the ratings on movies. But then again, when you look at the photos of the monuments being considered they are the cream of the crop of human ingenuity and artistry. All I can help but think is that I’ll probably die without having my eyes witness the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China. Goddamn student loans. So these things should be celebrated for their magnificence and beauty.
Also, according to the website, “the world will learn which of the Earth’s treasures will stand in history alongside the Ancient 7 Wonders of the World. Half of all net revenues raised by the New7Wonders campaign will be put towards restoration efforts worldwide.” Cheers to that!
Not to be nit picky but we’re not sure how they left off the Sistine Chapel or Andre the Giant.