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    New 7 wonders of world??

    What do you think of this?? I dont think we need "new wonders" especially since 6 are gone.

    GENEVA, Switzerland - The Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome and Peru's Machu Picchu are leading contenders to be among the new seven wonders of the world, as a massive poll draws to a close with votes already cast by more than 90 million people, organizers say.

    As the 8 p.m. EDT Friday voting deadline approaches, the rankings can still change. Also in the top 10 are the Acropolis in Greece, Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Easter Island, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Taj Mahal in India and Jordan's ancient city of Petra.

    The winners will be announced on Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal.

    The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving structures from the traditional list of seven wonders of the ancient world. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers, the best known being Antipater of Sidon, a writer in the 2nd century B.C.

    The pyramids have been assured of keeping their status in addition to the new seven wonders after indignant Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace they had to compete for a spot.

    The final round of the competition narrowed the field to 20 candidates, and people from every country in the world voted by Internet or phone, said the group organizing the ballot.

    "It's so exciting," said Tia B. Viering, spokeswoman for the "New 7 Wonders of the World" campaign. "There are not many things that could bring the world together like global culture ... this is really something that every single person in the world can be interested in."

    "This is all about bringing people together, to appreciate each other ... to celebrate diversity," Viering said.

    The Colosseum, the Great Wall, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and Petra have been among the leaders since January, while the Acropolis and Christ the Redeemer statue made their way up from the middle of the field to the top level, according to latest tallies.

    The Statue of Liberty and Sydney Opera House have been sitting in the bottom 10 since the start. Also faring poorly are Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple complex, Russia's Kremlin building and St. Basil's Cathedral, Britain's Stonehenge and the city of Timbuktu in Mali.

    The ancient city of Petra in southwestern Jordan — famous for its water tunnels and stone structures carved in the rock — jumped from the middle of the pack to the top seven in January. That was largely thanks to campaigning by the Jordanian royal family and thousands of Jordanians voting by text message over their mobile phones, Viering said.

    A surge in voting from the United States, Canada and Europe in recent weeks helped those regions catch up with Latin America and Asia to make the ballot truly global, Viering said.

    The campaign was begun in 1999 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with almost 200 nominations from around the world. The list of candidates was narrowed down to 21 by the start of 2006, then Giza was taken out of the running when it was given an automatic spot. Since organizers started a tour to each site last September, the competition has been heating up.

    There is no foolproof way to prevent people from voting more than once for their favorite wonder, but most of the votes are cast by Internet in a system that registers each participant's e-mail address to discourage people from voting twice, Viering said.

    "We have a lot of kids (voting) and that trend is continuing ... but we have votes really from every part of the population," she added.

    The original list of wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Six of them no longer exist: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria.

    After the Egyptian protest, the organizers of the campaign set the pyramids above the competition.

    "We absolutely had no problem with this," Viering said. As of Saturday, there will be eight world wonders including the Pyramids of Giza, she said.

    Choosing world wonders has been a fascination over the centuries. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps updating its list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 851 places. The agency, however, is not involved in the New 7 Wonders project.

    Weber's Switzerland-based foundation aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments. It relies on private donations and revenue from selling broadcasting rights.

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    http://www.new7wonders.com/

    I can barely remember what the "old" wonders are / were, I know the gardens of Babylon was one of them., but I always thought the Grand Canyon was one as well.

    The statues of Easter Island and Stonehenge should definately be on the list.

    The Sydney Opera, Eiffel Tower & the Staute of Libery shouldn't be on the list at all IMO., whats so WONDEROUS about them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8grl View Post
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    I can barely remember what the "old" wonders are / were, I know the gardens of Babylon was one of them., but I always thought the Grand Canyon was one as well.
    I'm with you I always thought the Grand Canyon was one too
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    The NEW wonders of the world must be human made...

    That was the top requirement.
    The original ones had some non-manmade items, like the hanging gardens of Babylon..

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    New wonders of the world named after online poll
    By Axel Bugge
    Sat Jul 7, 10:09 PM ET


    LISBON (Reuters) - The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan and Brazil's statue of Christ the Redeemer are among the modern day seven wonders of the world chosen in a poll of 100 million online voters, organizers said on Saturday.

    The other four are Peru's Machu Picchu, the mountain settlement that symbolizes the Inca empire, Mexico's Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India.

    The seven winners were announced at a glitzy show at the Benfica stadium in Lisbon after what is likely to be the biggest online poll at www.new7wonders.com.

    "Never before in history have so many people participated in a global decision," actress Hilary Swank said at the presentation.

    The ancient seven wonders of the world all existed more than 2,000 years ago and were all in the Mediterranean region. Only one remains standing today -- the Pyramids of Giza.

    The originals were selected by one man, believed by many to be ancient Greek writer Antipater of Sidon.

    The New 7 Wonders of the World organizers say the contest was a chance to level the global cultural playing field and recognize the achievements of societies outside Europe and the Middle East.

    Only one European site, the Colosseum, was picked. The Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis had also been contenders. "I am happy that for the first time in history the world was able to vote and decide," said Jose Freitas do Amaral, commissioner of the New 7 Wonders of the World and Portugal's former foreign minister.

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    Many Portuguese enjoying the glitzy presentation, which included break-dancing and singing by tenor Jose Carreras and pop star Jennifer Lopez, backed the choice of new wonders. "I think this event is very important. It's important to give a chance to other historical monuments," said 60-year-old Ivone Caroca.

    At Chichen Itza, in Rio de Janeiro and in Peru -- the three winners in Latin America -- people cheered, danced and applauded when their sites were selected. "They asked me to tell you that the Christ is now a wonder," lead singer of Brazilian band O Rappa, Marcelo Falcao, said in the middle of the Live Earth concert on Copacabana beach, prompting wild cheering and exchanges of hugs in the crowd.

    At Chichen Itza, 26-year-old engineering student Alberto Jimenez jumped with joy together with hundreds of others. "This archaeological recognition is a great achievement for the whole country," he said.

    Critics, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have said world wonders should not be chosen in a popular vote.

    In the Lisbon audience, 62-year-old Antonio Catarino was upset because no Catholic cathedrals or churches were included. "I find it unforgivable that there aren't any in the voting," he said.

    The New 7 Wonders organization, established by Swiss-Canadian adventurer Bernard Weber, will use half its revenues to fund restoration efforts worldwide, including recreating the Bamiyan Buddha statue in Afghanistan.


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    The original ones had some non-manmade items, like the hanging gardens of Babylon..
    The Hanging Gardens were very much "man-made"

    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (also known as Hanging Gardens of Semiramis) and the walls of Babylon (near present-day Al Hillah in Iraq) are considered one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. They were built by Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC. He is reported to have constructed the gardens to please his wife, Amytis of Media, who longed for the trees and beautiful plants of her homeland. They were destroyed in an earthquake after the 1st century BC.

    The Greek Historian Strabo:

    "Babylon, too, lies in a plain; and the circuit of its wall is three hundred and eighty-five stadia. The thickness of its wall is thirty-two feet; the height thereof between the towers is fifty cubits; that of the towers is sixty cubits; and the passage on top of the wall is such that four-horse chariots can easily pass one another; and it is on this account that this and the hanging garden are called one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The garden is quadrangular in shape, and each side is four plethra in length. It consists of arched vaults, which are situated, one after another, on checkered, cube-like foundations. The checkered foundations, which are hollowed out, are covered so deep with earth that they admit of the largest of trees, having been constructed of baked brick and asphalt — the foundations themselves and the vaults and the arches. The ascent to the uppermost terrace-roofs is made by a stairway; and alongside these stairs there were screws, through which the water was continually conducted up into the garden from the Euphrates by those appointed for this purpose. For the river, a stadium in width, flows through the middle of the city; and the garden is on the bank of the river."[1]

    The Greek Historian Diodorus:

    "The Garden was 100 feet long by 100 wide and built up in tiers so that it resembled a theater. Vaults had been constructed under the ascending terraces which carried the entire weight of the planted garden; the uppermost vault, which was seventy-five feet high, was the highest part of the garden, which, at this point, was on the same level as the city walls. The roofs of the vaults which supported the garden were constructed of stone beams some sixteen feet long, and over these were laid first a layer of reeds set in thick tar, then two courses of baked brick bonded by cement, and finally a covering of lead to prevent the moisture in the soil penetrating the roof. On top of this roof enough topsoil was heaped to allow the biggest trees to take root. The earth was leveled off and thickly panted with every kind of tree. And since the galleries projected one beyond the other, where they were sunlit, they contained conduits for the water which was raised by pumps in great abundance from the river, though no one outside could see it being done."[2]

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


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    My youngest seemed a bit upset by this today, not sure why? Will have to discuss it with him tomorrow. Thanks for the post, no I have an idea as to what he was talking about...lol. I hate when my kids are smarter then me, which seems quite often as they are teens and know everything...haha.
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    I think it sucks. Why did they have to change it? The original 7 wonders of the World were fine!
    Seems like they are always trying to change everything. Pluto isn't a planet, 7 wonders, next thing they will change the name of Earth to something lame.. lol..

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    I dont mind the change. These are the "NEW" and we still have the "OLD" or as I prefer to call them the "ORIGINAL".

    The new 7 are not bad and definately deserve the honors for sure., even if they were "man-made". I still would have liked the Easter Island stautes & Stonehenge on the list.. but then again.. YOU CAN'T PROVE THAT THEY WERE "man-made"..... maybe "alien-made"
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    Wonders of the World
    Tue Jul 10, 12:20 AM ET


    In a sort of global American Idol, people around the world have cast 100 million votes for an updated 7 Wonders of the World.

    The results — announced Saturday in an Oscar-worthy ceremony hosted by actors Ben Kingsley and Hilary Swank in Lisbon, Portugal — were a few centuries overdue: Of the ancient Greeks' original list of wonders, only the Egyptian pyramids still stand. They are joined by the new seven: India's Taj Mahal, the Chichén Itzá ruins in Mexico, the Great Wall of China, Peru's Machu Pichu, the Petra tombs in Jordan, the Coloseum in Italy and the statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil.

    Yes, we know. The whole thing was basically a publicity stunt cooked up by a Swiss filmmaker. The balloting, much like that for Idol, was open to manipulation. People could vote early and often by text message (though only once by e-mail). There was no Simon Cowell dissing candidates, but some governments tried to game the outcome.

    India, for example, used a Bollywood diva to promote the Taj Mahal. Brazil's president launched a get-out-the-vote campaign for Rio's statue of Christ Redeemer and gave people free text messages. Had the United States made a similar effort, perhaps the Statue of Liberty would have made it to the final seven from the roster of 20 finalists.

    The United Nations wouldn't have anything to do with the contest. It cited the lack of rigorous expertise and sniffed that the voting wasn't democratic because so many people in the world lack Internet access.

    All true enough. But the critics come across like the people who look down their noses at the notion of allowing fans to vote for the starting lineups in tonight's Major League Baseball all-star game. All the fun is in the debate over who's best, which is too important to be left to the so-called experts.

    For all its flaws, the "Wonders of the World" effort was a welcome reminder of mankind's awe-inspiring creativity in an age when the international stage seems dominated by terrorism and violence. Like the best-selling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, it is likely to boost tourism and financial support for the chosen landmarks.

    Perhaps most significantly, the poll demonstrated how technology is turning Earth into an electronic village. That millions of people around the globe can use the Internet for an exercise in participatory voting is a true wonder of the modern world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8grl View Post
    I dont mind the change. These are the "NEW" and we still have the "OLD" or as I prefer to call them the "ORIGINAL".

    The new 7 are not bad and definately deserve the honors for sure., even if they were "man-made". I still would have liked the Easter Island stautes & Stonehenge on the list.. but then again.. YOU CAN'T PROVE THAT THEY WERE "man-made"..... maybe "alien-made"
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