Wonder of Wonders

Friday, December 5, 2008

Here's an exciting discovery: during my trip, I will actually be visiting six out of seven of The New Seven Wonders of the World:

  1. Chichen Itza (Mayan archeological site) - Yucatan, Mexico
  2. The statue of Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. The Colosseum - Rome
  4. The Great Wall of China
  5. Machu Picchu (Incan archeological site) - Peru
  6. The Lost City of Petra - Jordan
  7. The Taj Mahal - Agra, India
The only one I'll miss on my present itinerary is that Mexico thingy. As compensation though, I will be seeing the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.

The declaration of the "New Seven Wonders" was spear-headed by a Swiss company, starting in 2001. They claim more than 100 million votes were cast on the internet and by phone, though duplicate votes were allowed so they admit the results are "decidedly unscientific". Of particular note on the subject of unscientific voting is a story about the voting in Brazil, where cell phone companies not only stopped charging people for voting, they actually solicited votes:
One morning in June, Rio de Janeiro residents awoke to a beeping text message on their cell phones: “Press 4916 and vote for Christ. It’s free!” The same pitch had been popping up all over the city since late January—flashing across an electronic screen every time city-dwellers swiped their transit cards on city buses and echoing on TV infomercials that featured a reality-show celebrity posing next to the city’s trademark Christ the Redeemer statute.
So like they say... the voting was not exactly United Nations sanctioned as "free and fair". Perhaps these Swiss were also the ones behind the voting system in Florida for the 2000 U.S. election.

And as an aside, I will also see several of the other 13 finalists in the voting, including the Acropolis, Angkor Wat, the Hagia Sophia, and the Eiffel Tour (seen it already, though).

And to gild the lily, I may also check out several of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, as decided by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Stuff like the Channel Tunnel, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Delta Works in the Netherlands (dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm surge barriers).

It's all going to be pretty wonderful.


Mitch said...

Is there a way to get the links to open in a new window, instead of taking me away from your page?

Pam said...

I dunno. I'll ask my blogger expert about it (it kind of bugs me too). Until (if) I fix it, can't you right-click and open the links in a new tab? If not, then are you not using Firefox? If not, why not?!?

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